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Men’s Basketball Drops NESCAC Contest to Bowdoin

Men’s Basketball Drops NESCAC Contest to Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Connecticut College men's basketball team fell to Bowdoin by a 77-60 score on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Camels got off to a strong start and found themselves ahead by an 8-3 score when junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) found freshman Austin Nwafor (East Hartford, Conn.) for a dunk. Even though Bowdoin was able to knot the score at 8-all, Connecticut College was able to maintain the lead throughout most of the first half. The Polar Bears used a 7-0 run by getting a 3-pointer and a layup from David Reynolds to go up by a 38-33 score, but the Camels answered back and got a free throw from junior Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) to take a 39-38 advantage into the recess.

Bowdoin (15-7, NESCAC 4-5), however, came out a vengeance in the second half. Zavier Rucker drove in for a layup on the first possession of the frame, and the Polar Bears never trailed again. Rucker canned a trifecta to extend the lead to twin figures at 52-42 with 15:45 left before the margin grew to as many as 17 in the final minutes on a 3-pointer which came off the hands of Liam Farley. Drew Gagnon then put back a Farley miss in the final minute to seal the final outcome.

"In the second half, we just couldn't find the hoop and missed a few important box outs," said head coach Tom Satran. "When your opponent is as proficient from three as ours was tonight, that's a tough formula to overcome."

Led by Reynolds' 19-point effort, all five starters scored in double figures for Bowdoin. Hugh McNeil just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Farley notched 15 points by sinking five shots from long range. McNeil also dished out five assists.

Freshman Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) paced Connecticut College by scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds. Labossiere filled the box score by scoring 18 points and finishing with four steals along with three assists.

Connecticut College (6-16, NESCAC 0-9) will conclude its 2017-18 campaign when it visits Colby tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.