WORCESTER, Mass. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team was edged by Clark in double overtime, 78-77, in its first road test of the season on Saturday afternoon at the Kneller Athletic Center.
Clark started the game with 12 unanswered points in the opening nine minutes. Anthony Grzembski capped it by stealing the ball and finishing on the other end. He also drilled 3-pointers to make it 15-2 and 21-8 with 8:09 remaining.
The tide turned late in the first half, however, as the Camels stormed back and slashed the deficit to a single-possession when sophomore Matt Carlin sank a 3-pointer to create a 29-26 score at recess. Connecticut College continued to improve as the game progressed and took its first lead at 31-29 on a layup by junior Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.).
The teams battled back-and-forth throughout the remainder of regulation. But after freshman Ben McPharron (Weston, Mass.) made a layup to give the Camels a 57-55 edge with 32 seconds left, Biko Gayman answered right back to force overtime.
Even though Zimmerman connected from long range to force a second overtime with the score knotted at 66, the Cougars got a trey from Gayman with 4:14 on the clock to take the lead for good. Antonio Lapeyrolerie canned a 3-pointer to make it a two-possession game at 72-68 with 2:08 remaining, and the hosts converted five free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win.
Joel Artega paced Clark (3-3) with 23 points, which included sinking seven shots from downtown. Gayman contributed 14 points and six assists, and Grzembski was a spark off the bench with a 17-point performance in 19 minutes of action.
Zimmerman scored a career-high 27 points to lead the way for Connecticut College. He also had four rebounds, three steals, and two assists. Junior Daniel Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) came up just shy of a double-double with 19 points and eight rebounds, while McPharron added 16 points and three steals.
Connecticut College (1-3) returns home to face CCNY on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.