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Men’s Basketball Falls to Ramapo

Dan Draffan

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team fell to Ramapo by a 74-55 decision on Sunday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House.

The Camels got off to a hot start by rattling off 12 straight points to take a nine-point advantage with four different players accounting for five goals in the early going. The defense only allowed the Roadrunners to convert one field goal in the opening eight minutes, which included a dry spell which lasted 8:10 until Travis Bennett hit a jumper to make it 14-6 at the 11:01 mark. Connecticut College built its lead up to as many as 14 when freshman Ben McPherron (Weston, Mass.) drilled a 3-pointer to create a 26-12 score with 6:38 remaining, and the hosts carried a 31-25 advantage into the recess.

Ramapo (3-0), however, made a full recovery by outscoring the Camels by a 25-point margin in the second half. After junior Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) nailed a trey, the Roadrunners embarked on a 14-0 run to establish control over the next five minutes and never looked back. The margin ballooned to as many as 20 at 70-50 when Matt Latka set up Bennett for a 3-pointer with 2:39 left, and the Camels would come no closer than 17 the rest of the way.

Bennett led Ramapo with 19 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Latka had 17 points and four helpers, while Battle finished with nine points and eight steals. Connor Romano and Rob McWilliams contributed 13 points apiece to round out four players in double figures.

Junior Daniel Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards to pace Connecticut College. Zimmerman scored a team-high 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from long range. Junior Jeff Allen (Madison, Conn.) and McPherron provided 10 rebounds and 10 points, respectively.

Connecticut College (1-1) remains at home to face Roger Williams on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.