LYNN, Mass. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team dropped a non-conference game to Fisher College by a 72-60 decision on Tuesday evening at Fecteau-Leary Gymnasium.
Both teams struggled with shooting the ball through much of the first half, as the Camels only found themselves leading by a 10-9 score at the midway point following a layup off the hands of junior Jeff Allen (Madison, Conn.). The two sides then started converting as the half wore on and exchanged the lead seven times over the last 10 minutes. It was the Falcons, however, who eventually caught fire by ending the frame on an 18-7 run to take a 36-27 lead into recess.
Junior Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) opened the scoring in the second half when freshman Ben McPherron (Weston, Mass.) found him for a 3-pointer on the Camels' first possession, but the Falcons responded and extended their advantage to 19 points on a trifecta by Nicolas Gonzalez which made it 55-36 with 9:38 left. Even though the Camels stormed back with a 15-3 run of their own, which was capped by a McPherron 3-pointer with 4:41, they would be unable to get over the hump. The Falcons converted free throws down the stretch, and a Paul Oha Junior dunk put an exclamation point on the host school's ninth victory of the season.
Jhalen Lumpkins finished with 20 points for Fisher (9-9) to lead all scorers. He also added seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals to the box score. Gonzalez tallied 12 points, and Oha Jr. grabbed 10 boards.
Senior Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) and freshman Chris Towey (Bethel, Conn.) paced Connecticut College with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Lazor also corralled six rebounds, while Towey contributed three assists, two steals and two blocks.
Connecticut College (3-11) will resume NESCAC play when it visits Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.