St. Joseph’s Long Island Edges Men’s Basketball in Overtime Thriller

Jack Zimmerman

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) registered his third double-double in four games, but St. Joseph's Long Island was able to escape with an 88-85 overtime victory over the Connecticut College men's basketball team on Sunday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House.

Connecticut College found itself trailing by nine at 78-69 after Mike Harris sank two free throws with 3:25 remaining in regulation. However, sophomore Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) led a comeback by scoring three points and adding two assists down the stretch, which included finding Draffan for a layup to tie the score with 1:06 left. St. Joseph's had an opportunity to win it when they had the ball with just four seconds remaining under their own hoop, but an inbounds pass was stolen by Zimmerman to force overtime with the teams deadlocked at 78-all.

The extra session continued to be a nip-and-tuck battle with two ties and four lead changes. Senior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) most notably gave the Camels the lead by grabbing an offensive rebound and finishing with a thunderous, but Harris was able to allow the visitors to regain the edge by sinking two free throws.

Connecticut College had multiple opportunities to move ahead again when freshman Matt Carlin (Syracuse, N.Y.) most notably got a good look. Unfortunately, his shot rimmed out and a foul called on a Camel going for the rebound allowed the Golden Eagles to add two more points at the stripe and escape with the win.

Despite falling behind by a 15-7 margin, the Camels fought back and used a 10-0 run to earn themselves a 17-15 lead by the midway point of the opening frame when Carlin drained a 3-pointer. Carlin then found classmate Ryan Omslaer to give the hosts a 32-24 advantage with five minutes on the clock, and the Camels ended the half by scoring 13 unanswered to gain a 40-24 cushion at recess.

The hosts appeared to be in cruise control by extending their lead to 18 points on two occasions in the early stages of the second half, but the Golden Eagles stormed back and used a 27-point swing to take control and eventually hold off the Camels in overtime.

St. Joseph's Long Island (2-2) was led by Frank Basile and Harris. Basile scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Harris racked up 32 points. Anthony Simpson dished out nine assists.

Draffan registered his third double-double by contributing 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace Connecticut College. Labossiere and Zimmerman scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, and sophomore Austin Nwafor (East Hartford, Conn.) filled the box score with seven points, six rebounds, four blocks and two assists.

Connecticut College (1-3) will next host Clark on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.