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Men’s Basketball Concludes Season With Setback at Colby

David Labossiere

WATERVILLE, Maine – Junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) scored a career-high 35 points, but it wasn't enough, as the Connecticut College men's basketball team concluded its 2017-18 campaign with a 77-70 loss to Colby at Wadsworth Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. 

For the second time in as many days, the Camels got off to a strong start by scoring the first five points of the game. Colby, however, responded and a seesaw battle ensued with the teams exchanging the lead 10 times and finding themselves tied on another six occasions during the opening half. The Mules built up a 29-22 advantage when Ethan Schlager nailed a 3-pointer with 5:54 left, but the Camels ended the frame with 10 unanswered by most notably getting four points from Labossiere during the stretch to take a 32-29 advantage into the break.

Despite trailing at recess, Colby was able to recover and went up by a 38-36 score when Steven Daly finished a pass from Sam Jefferson in the opening minutes of the second half. The Mules never surrendered the lead and built their lead up to 15 at 70-55 when Jefferson canned a 3-pointer at the 4:19 mark to put the game out of reach.

Jefferson led the way for Colby (11-13, NESCAC 2-8) by scoring 28 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out six assists. Wallace Tucker and Schlager netted 16 and 10 points, respectively, while Tucker also finished with three assists and two steals.

Labossiere netted a career-high 35 points for Connecticut College by shooting 11-of-25 from the floor, including 6-of-7 from long range, and 7-of-8 at the line. He also registered eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Junior Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) scored 11 points, while freshman Austin Nwafor (East Hartford, Conn.) concluded the afternoon with 10 points and five boards.

Connecticut College (6-17, NESCAC 0-10) graduates two seniors and is slated to return 14 letterwinners next season.