NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team fell to Trinity by an 82-65 score on Sunday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
Connecticut College, which honored seniors Isaiah Robinson (Lynn, Mass.) and Aaron Swenson (Waltham, Mass.) prior to the game, scored on its first possession when junior Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) nailed a jumper and found itself tied at 6-6 five minutes into the contest. A dunk by Kyle Padmore, however, gave Trinity confidence and the lead for the remainder of the game. Joe Bell extended the lead to twin figures at 23-12 by putting back a missed shot with 8:55 left and then hit a 3-pointer down the stretch to give the visitors a 38-27 advantage at recess.
Trinity (15-7, NESCAC 4-4) started the second half strong and built its lead up to 20 when Jeremy Arthur canned a trifecta to make it 56-36 with 14:09 left. But after Padmore converted a free throw to create a 59-38 score, the Camels came back and slashed the deficit down to single digits at 70-61 with 3:35 on the clock when Zimmerman found junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) for a layup. The Bantams, however, recovered and relied on the hot shooting of Eric Gendron to pull away for good.
"Our young team battled hard against a fine opponent today," said head coach Tom Satran. "We are making progress."
Gendron led Trinity with a 17-point effort off the bench by shooting 6-of-8 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the line. He also dished out three assists. Christian Porydzy added 13 points as part of a balanced attack.
Draffan paced Connecticut College by racking up 22 points and eight rebounds. He also shot 7of-11 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from long range, and 6-of-7 at the line. Classmate Austin Nwafor (East Hartford, Conn.) netted 14 points for the second straight game, which matched a career high, and pulled down six rebounds. Labossiere contributed 15 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Connecticut College (6-15, NESCAC 0-8) wraps up the regular season in Maine next weekend and will begin the trip by visiting Bowdoin on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m.