NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior captain David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) became the 18th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 points in his career to help propel the Connecticut College men's basketball team to an 87-83 victory over Clark on Tuesday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
Labossiere, who entered the game with 997 career points, hit a jumper to make it 4-0 at the 18:35 mark and reached the milestone when he sank a free throw with 14:06 remaining to give the Camels a 15-8 lead at the time. Freshman Matt Carlin (Syracuse, N.Y.) extended the lead to 20 at 36-16 by sinking a 3-pointer, and the hosts would later carry a commanding 51-34 advantage into the recess.
Clark (1-5), however, stormed back to make it a game again in the second half. After Labossiere finished a pass from sophomore Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.), the Cougars rattled off 11 straight to pull within six over a three-minute span by getting two 3-pointers from Tyler Davern and a trey which came off the hands of Joel Arteaga to suddenly make it 53-47 at the 16:52 mark.
The Cougars continued knocking on the door and were able to tie the score at 78s on another shot from long distance by Arteaga. However, the Camels got a pair of free throws from Zimmerman on their next possession and held off the visitors by making free throws down the stretch. With the hosts leading by three, Carlin sank a shot from charity stripe with 1.2 seconds remaining to put the game on ice.
Sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) and Carlin each scored 18 points to lead the way for Connecticut College. Carlin also converted five of his seven attempts from downtown, while Draffan pulled down seven boards and blocked two shots. Labossiere finished with 15 points.
Clark was paced by Arteaga, who led three players in twin figures by scoring a game-high 22 points to go along with grabbing seven rebounds. Davern and Brendan Kittredge contributed 19 and 17 points, respectively, and Biko Gayman ended the game with nine points and eight assists.
Connecticut College (2-3) begins a seven-game road trip when it visits Worcester State on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.