WORCESTER, Mass. – In a non-conference game which featured a jaw-dropping 17 ties and 17 lead changes, the Connecticut College men's basketball team was edged by a 76-72 score against Worcester State at Brissette Court on Saturday afternoon.
The first half was tightly contested with neither side leading by more than six points. Even though the Camels spent the majority of the half ahead after sophomore Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) converted a 3-point play the old-fashioned way to make it 15-13 at the time, the teams would fittingly end up going into the locker room tied at 34-all.
Over the last 20 minutes, the teams exchanged the lead 13 times before the game was ultimately decided. Trailing 75-72 after Tyler Dion sank a pair of free throws with 35 seconds left, the Camels were unable to tie the game for an 18th time when given the opportunity to possibly force an extra session. Dion stole the ball away and then made another charity shot with eight seconds on the clock to seal the victory for the Lancers.
Worcester State (4-4) was paced by Dion, who finished the game with 20 points, four steals and two assists. Shaun McCarthy added 13 points, which included going 10-of-11 at the line. The Lancers shot a blistering 88 percent (22-of-25) and got 10 more points at the stripe than the Camels were able to convert.
Senior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) posted a game-high 21 points while adding eight rebounds and five helpers. Sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) ended the game just shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Connecticut College (2-4) will next visit Coast Guard on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.