Connecticut College Slips Past Men's Basketball in Naismith Classic Opener

Connecticut College Slips Past Men's Basketball in Naismith Classic Opener

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Early foul trouble doomed the Corsairs, as Connecticut College pulled away for a 77-71 defeat over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the opening game of Springfield College's Hampton Inn Naismith Classic on Friday afternoon.

The Basics
Score: Connecticut College 77, UMass Dartmouth 71
Connecticut College (8-1) | UMass Dartmouth (7-4)

How it Happened

Both teams traded baskets throughout the first half of play, with neither team being able to pull away for larger than a six-point advantage. Back-to-back 3-point buckets by Tucker Bouchard (Kingston, Mass.) and Matt Craig (Dartmouth, Mass.) put the Corsairs up six midway through the first, but the Camels closed the gap thanks to 10 first-half points by Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.).

The back-and-forth affair continued into the second half of play, with eight ties and six lead changes on the game as a whole. UMass Dartmouth senior Jon Robinson (Chatham, Mass.) poured in 13 of his 18 points in the final frame to lead the Corsairs, but the Camels used a late 9-2 run to go up seven with 26 seconds remaining. Senior Chris Mendes (Somerset, Mass.) buried a 3-pointer to narrow the edge to four, but Conn. College hit its final four free-throw attempts to hold on. 

Inside the Numbers

  • Senior Abi Akanni (Fitchburg, Mass.) joined Robinson the Corsairs in double-figures, finishing with 12 points.
  • Freshman Mert Sert (Hoosac Fall, N.Y.) pulled down a team high eight boards, matching career-high.
  • Sophomore Arinze Obiora (Hyde Park, Mass.) swiped a career-high three steals in 12 minutes of action.
  • The Corsairs controlled the paint, outscoring the Camels 36-28. The depth of the Corsairs' bench was shown as they scored 33 points, but Conn. College outrebounded UMass Dartmouth 41-25 on the contest.
  • The Camels saw 27 tries at the foul line to UMass Dartmouth's 12, making 19 of their chances (70 percent).

Up Next

The Corsairs will meet Elizabethtown tomorrow at noon in the consolation game for the Hampton Inn Naismith Classic. Conn. College takes on host Springfield in the championship contest.