Men’s Basketball Drops Second Straight Tight NESCAC Contest to Tufts

Matt Carlin

MEDFORD, Mass. – Despite storming back from 16 points down, the Connecticut College men's basketball team fell to Tufts by a narrow 91-87 decision on Friday evening in Cousens Gym.

Connecticut College burst out to a 9-2 advantage in the opening minutes. The team shook off a Jumbo comeback by getting a 3-pointer from senior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) which broke a 15-15 tie and led 26-23 at the midway point, but the hosts recovered from the minor deficit by ending the half on a 24-8 run. The Camels went nearly five minutes without scoring until sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) finished an old-fashioned 3-point play at the line and trailed 47-34 at the break.

Even though they went cold from the floor to close out the opening half, the Camels never gave up. Trailing by 11 with 6:46 left in the game, the visitors slashed the deficit down to four when Labossiere sank a pair of free throws to make it 78-74 with 4:57 left. A good shot from downtown off the hands of Ben Bagnoli created a one-possession game at 87-84 with 55 seconds on the clock, but the team would be unable to get over the hump. Luke Rogers and Justin Kouyoumdjian each netted charity shots down the stretch to allow the Jumbos to escape with the win.

Brennan Morris led Tufts (9-10, NESCAC 3-3) with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Eric Savage added 15 points, 17 boards and four assists, while Tyler Aronson and Rogers finished with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Labossiere paced Connecticut College (6-12, NESCAC 0-6) in the setback by leading four players in twin figures with 26 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out two assists, recorded two steals and blocked a shot while playing the entire game. Draffan accumulated 16 points and five helpers, while sophomore Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) finished the game with 12 points, seven boards, and four assists.

Connecticut College will next visit Bates tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.