NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team wrapped up its 2018-19 campaign with a 72-66 setback against Colby on Saturday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
The teams battled back and forth at the beginning until the Mules went on the first run of the game. After sophomore Dan Draffran (Hamden, Conn.) made a layup to make it 7-6, Colby rattled off nine unanswered and went ahead by twin figures when Wallace Tucker drove in for a layup at the midway point of the half. The Mules maintained a comfortable lead for the remainder of the frame, extending them margin to as many as 15 on a Sam Jefferson trifecta, and held a 37-25 advantage at recess.
Connecticut College (7-17, NESCAC 0-10), which recognized three seniors prior to the contest, did not go away and came out firing in the second half by embarking on a 15-4 run out of the gates. Draffan provided 11 of the points during the stretch which slashed the gap to a single point at 41-40 with 15:27 on the clock and plenty of time left.
Even though Colby (17-7, NESCAC 5-5) regained a comfortable lead, the Camels fought back once again and were able to go ahead by a 51-49 score on an unassisted layup that came off the hands of senior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) with 10:14left to play. Colby, however, got a 3-pointer from Matt Hanna at the other end and never trailed again despite being challenged until the final buzzer. The Camels came within one three times in the final minutes, but they were unable to get over the hump and ultimately fell by a six-point margin with Sam Jefferson and Tucker converting free throws at the end.
Jefferson, who is nearing the 1,000-point mark in his career, scored 20 to lead the way for Colby. Hanna finished with 15 points, while Noah Tyson contributed a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three steals. Tucker was productive across the board with 11 points, four assists, and two steals.
Draffan paced Connecticut College with 21 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Jack Zimmerman contributed 17 points, eight boards, three assists, and two steals, while Labossiere ended his final game as a collegian with 10 points and seven boards. Playing in his final game, senior Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) scored eight points and dished out a team-leading four assists.
Connecticut College graduates three seniors and is slated to return more than 10 letterwinners next season.