NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team was dealt an 85-73 loss by Mitchell College on Monday evening at the Yarnall Athletic Center.
Mitchell jumped out to a 6-2 lead by forcing turnovers and capitalizing on them. Connel Henderson and Steffen Brunson each stole the ball and finished on the other end to give the Mariners control, and the hosts extended their lead to a touchdown when Evan Bing hit a jumper with 12:16 on the clock. The Camels stayed within striking distance thanks in large part to a 7-point, 6-rebound effort by junior Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) in the opening half, but Mitchell was able to maintain the upper hand for the remainder of the half and carried a 35-28 advantage into the break.
The Camels inched closer at the beginning of the second half, closing the gap to just two points at 37-35 on a Lazor trifecta. Domenico Santiago, however, continued to give the visitors fits inside. After finishing the opening frame with nine points and 10 boards, the senior sank three early buckets while continuing to clean the glass. Even though Connecticut College was able to keep the deficit to single digits for most of the half, the team was never able to take back the lead since sophomore Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) nailed a jumper on the first play of the contest. The hosts hit free throws down the stretch to eventually come away with the 12-point triumph.
Santiago led Mitchell (13-7) by racking up 27 points and 18 rebounds. Steffen Brunson scored 16 points and dished out five assists, and Matt Finke netted 11.
Lazor paced the Camels by netting a career-high 21 points and grabbing 10 boards. Zimmerman contributed 15 points and five helpers, while senior captains David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) and Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) ended the game with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Connecticut College (6-14) will continue a five-game road trip when it visits Hunter on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.