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Men’s Basketball Defeats Fisher, 79-70, in Non-Conference Play

Jack Zimmerman

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) registered a double-double to help lead the Connecticut College men's basketball team to a 79-70 victory over Fisher College at the Charles B. Luce Field House on Tuesday evening.

Fisher(5-12) jumped out to an early 7-2 lead on a 3-pointer by Jamontay Thompson, but the Camels fought back and answered with a 14-2 run to take a lead they would never relinquish. Freshman Dan Draffan scored six points and dished out an assist to pace the hosts during the hot stretch.

Even though the Falcons closed the gap to a single point at 16-15 when Joshua Gertz made a pair of free throws, Connecticut College would stay ahead by getting a trey from senior Isaiah Robinson (Lynn, Mass.). Leotsakos nailed a shot from downtown to extend the margin to twin figures, and junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) sank a pair of free throws to create a 49-27 score at the recess.

The Falcons tried chipping away at the deficit in the second half and came within 14 on four occasions through the opening 13 minutes. Jamontay Thompson slashed the margin down to single digits by sinking a 3-pointer to make it 76-68 with 41 seconds left, but that was as close as the visitors would come the rest of the way. Labossiere and Draffan combined to convert three free throws in the final minute to seal the nine-point win.

"We are pleased and fortunate to have won," said head coach Tom Satran. "Our offense really clicked in the first half, and that was the difference."

Leotsakos led the way for Connecticut College (6-8) by finishing the game with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Labossiere contributed 19 points and four assists, while sophomore Ben Bagnoli (East Haven, Conn.) filled the box score with nine points, eight assists, six steals and four rebounds. Bagnoli also set career highs for helpers and swipes, and Draffan and Robinson combined to net 29 points off the bench.

Fisher was paced by Rembert, who recorded a game-high 24 points to go along with five boards and three steals. Thompson fell just shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, while DeAndre Pennington corralled 13 rebounds.

Connecticut College resumes NESCAC play when it visits Amherst on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.