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Undefeated Coast Guard Downs Men’s Basketball in Crosstown Battle

Bailey Whitman

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team was dealt a 101-72 setback by undefeated Coast Guard on Thursday evening at Roland Hall.

Packy Witkowski, who set two Coast Guard single-game records by racking up 40 points and 10 3-pointers, set the tone for his historic night by drilling a shot from downtown on the Bears' first time down the floor. He then gave the hosts a double-digit advantage at 13-2 by sinking two more 3-pointers, and the Bears would stay comfortably ahead for the next several minutes until embarking on a 14-2 run over a three-minute span to take a commanding 47-25 lead courtesy of another Witkowski trifecta.

Connecticut College, which trailed 52-33 at the half, could not come closer than 15 the rest of the way. Freshman Matt Carlin drove in for a layup to make it 59-44 with 15:45 to play, but the Bears did not allow the Camels to convert another field goal over the next three minutes. The margin reached its peak at 33 points when Witkowski connected from long distance to put the hosts up 88-55, and an unassisted jumper by Jason Frazer put the hosts over the century mark.

Witkowski's historic 40-point outburst for Coast Guard (7-0) came by hitting 14-of-22 shots from the floor, including 10-of-15 from long range, and 2-of-4 at the line. He also grabbed eight rebounds to finish just shy of a double-double. Tyler Perez and J.T. Cox contributed 18 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench.

Senior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) paced Connecticut College in the setback by tallying a team-leading 17 points. Sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) added 15 points and seven boards.

Connecticut College (2-5) will continue a stretch of playing five games away from home during the month of December when it visits Roger Williams on Saturday at 1 p.m.