NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team opened the New Year by falling to Vassar, 60-39, on Saturday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
After junior Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) opened the scoring with a layup 36 seconds into the contest, the Brewers got a 3-pointer from Kevin McAuliffe with 17:12 remaining and never trailed again. Vassar embarked on a 21-4 run and led by 15 at the middle of the frame and extended the margin to as many as 18 before the break. Zach Bromfeld and McAuliffe scored eight points apiece during the first 20 minutes to help the visitors take a commanding 34-19 advantage into the recess.
Connecticut College attempted to rally and brought the margin down to 10 at 37-27 when Jeff Allen put back a missed jumper with 13:13 on the clock. However, the earlier deficit would be too much for the Camels to overcome. The hosts were unable to bring the margin back down to single digits and eventually suffered the 21-point defeat.
Bromfeld and McAuliffe scored 14 points apiece to lead the way for Vassar (4-6), which also shot 11-of-16 at the stripe while not allowing the Camels to get to the line for the entire contest. Bromfeld also grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots. Zach Johnson grabbed seven boards.
Draffan contributed eight points and six rebounds to pace Connecticut College in the losing effort. Junior Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) finished with four points, six boards, and three assists, while classmate Austin Nwafor (East Hartford, Conn.) was a spark off the bench by notching six points and blocking three shots.
Connecticut College (3-7) will host Mitchell College in its final tuneup before NESCAC play begins on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.