NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) exploded to score 27 points and fell just shy of a double-double as the Connecticut College men's basketball team routed Medgar Evers by a 90-65 score in its final game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic on Sunday afternoon at the Luce Field House.
Medgar Evers (0-4) briefly took the lead when Isaiah Garvey-Mwazi drilled a 3-pointer to put the Cougars ahead by a 3-2 score, but the Camels responded with a 28-9 run over the next 10 minutes to establish control. Sophomore Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.), Labossiere and freshman Matt Carlin (Syracuse, N.Y.) drained all drained shots from downtown to extend the margin to 19 before Zimmerman set up sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) for a layup with nine seconds to give the hosts a 52-36 lead heading into the break.
The Cougars played the Camels evenly through the opening 10 minutes of the second half. However, Connecticut College did not allow its opponent to convert a field goal for a stretch that lasted 6:20 to begin pulling away. Freshman Ryan Omslaer (Jackson, N.J.) put back a missed 3-pointer by Labossiere to give the hosts a 71-47 cushion with 8:32 left, and Carlin ballooned the margin to as many as 27 when he dialed up from long distance to put his team up by an 84-57 margin with under four minutes remaining. Freshman Dominic DeModna (Brooklyn, N.Y.) then made free throws in the waning seconds to seal the final outcome.
Labossiere led Connecticut College by scoring 27 points, which included making seven 3-pointers, and corralling nine rebounds to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Draffan contributed his second double-double in as many games by providing 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Zimmerman had seven points and eight assists. Carlin and Omslaer finished with 15 points and 14 boards, respectively.
Justin Sutton paced Medgar Evers by leading three Cougars in twin figures with 18 points. Elias Scott posted 12 points off the bench, and Mousa Sinera pulled down 10 rebounds in a reserve role.
Connecticut College (1-1) next visits Eastern Connecticut State on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.