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Men’s Basketball Routs CCNY in Non-Conference Play

Dan Draffan

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior captain David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) registered a double-double to help lead the Connecticut College men's basketball team to a 97-55 rout of the City College of New York on Monday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House.

Connecticut College, which never trailed in the contest, quickly built up an 8-2 lead and forced the Beavers to burn a timeout less than three minutes into the contest by having three different players combine to hit four field goals. The margin reached twin figures at 20-10 when junior Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) made a layup with 12 minutes left.

CCNY (2-13) battled back and came within five when Ty-Ler Banks sank a pair of free throws to make it 22-17 at the midway point, but the Camels responded by ending the half on a 24-12 run. Labossiere drove in for a layup in the final minute to give the hosts a 46-29 cushion at recess.

The Camels carried their momentum into the second half and continued to pad their lead. The margin ballooned up to 30 at 74-44 when Lazor put together a 3-point play the old-fashioned way, and it later surpassed 40 courtesy of a layup by junior Bailey Whitman (North Wales, Pa.) which created an 88-47 score with 6:06 on the clock. Sophomore Brad Bliss (Castile, N.Y.) drilled a trifecta at the 1:52 mark to give the Camels a commanding 97-54 victory and put a stamp on the team's best offensive performance of the season.

Labossiere finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for Connecticut College. Sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) contributed 15 points, while classmate Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) chipped in 14 points and dished out four assists.

CCNY was paced by Banks and Romello Rashad. Banks scored a team-leading 15 points, while Rashad netted 11 to go along with four rebounds. Both also recorded two steals for the Beavers.

Connecticut College (6-10) concludes a five-game homestand when it hosts Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.