NEW YORK, N.Y. – Senior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) registered a double-double to help lead the Connecticut College men's basketball team to an 88-77 victory over Hunter in its final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday evening.
The beginning of the game was tight with neither side leading by more than one possession until sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) drove in for a layup to make it 9-4. Hunter responded with five straight to knot the score at 9s, and the teams found themselves tied four more times until the Camels started to earn some breathing room towards the end of the frame. Sophomore Jack Zimmerman drilled a 3-pointer to extend the margin to as many as eight at 38-30 with 1:04 remaining, and the visitors would take a six-point advantage into the break.
Connecticut College continued to add to its lead and went ahead by twin figures for the first time when Draffan made a layup to put the team up by a 44-33 score at the 18:15 mark. The sophomore put back his own miss to balloon the margin to 17 at 54-37 with 14:24 remaining, and the Hawks would never be able to recover. George Kenner slashed the lead down to 73-65 with a layup at 6:39 and to 75-69 with another basket with 4:03 on the clock, but the hosts did not have enough time to erase the earlier deficit. The Camels went back ahead by double digits at the free throw line in the final minute and eventually came away with the 11-point victory.
Labossiere led Connecticut College by scoring 22 points, pulling down 11 boards, and recording three steals. Draffan just missed a double-double with 22 points to go along with nine rebounds and four assists, while Zimmerman contributed 16 points and four helpers.
Keener paced Hunter (4-16) in the loss with a 28-point outburst. He also grabbed nine rebounds and had three steals. Danny Fusco and Melvin Collins scored 15 and 10 points, respectively, while dishing out four assists apiece.
Connecticut College (7-14) resumes NESCAC play for the remainder of the season when it visits Trinity on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.