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Men’s Basketball Falls to Division I Central Connecticut State

Dan Draffan

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team dropped a non-conference contest to Central Connecticut State, which competes at the Division I level, by an 89-55 decision on Sunday afternoon at Detrick Gymnasium.

The Camels got off to a quick start and built an early 5-0 lead by getting a putback layup from junior Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.), a free throw from freshman Ben McPherron (Weston, Mass.) and a good jumper by junior Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.). The Blue Devils, however, responded with 12 unanswered and never trailed again.

Even though Connecticut College (3-6) was able to tie the game at 15s, the hosts had a 10-2 run to build another comfortable lead. A steal and a layup by Myles Baker gave the Blue Devils their largest lead of the half at 38-24 before the team eventually carried an eight-point advantage into recess.

Central Connecticut State (1-12) went on a 10-0 run to take a 57-39 lead in the second half and held the Camels without a field goal for a span of 7:28 during the frame to pull away. Ian Krishnan then pushed the margin to 30 at 77-47 with 8:14 left, giving the hosts a cushion to work with the rest of the way.

Krishnan contributed a game-high 23 points for Central Connecticut State, which shot 60 percent from beyond the arc. Baker and Jamir Coleman added 12 and 11 points, respectively, off the bench, while Coleman also finished with four rebounds as well as four assists.

McPherron put forth a strong effort for Connecticut College by leading three players in twin figures with 13 points to go along with six boards and three assists. Zimmerman netted 12 points and also dished out three helpers, and Lazor notched 10 points along with seven boards.

Connecticut College returns home to begin a brief two-game homestand against Vassar on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.