NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College and the Coast Guard are co-hosting the Citizens Bank Tournament in New London this weekend.
Saturday night at Luce Field House, the Connecticut College Camels notched a convincing 91-61 victory against the University of Maine-Presque Isle. The Coast Guard defeated St. Josephs’s College of New York 72-59 in the night-cap of the double header.
The stage is set for Sunday’s championship at the Coast Guard. At 2:00 p.m. St. Joseph’s (2-5) will meet the Owls from UMPI (2-4) in the third place game. The Camels (3-3) and Bears (2-4) will renew their longstanding rivalry in the championship game at 4.
In the early game, senior Matt Vadas led five Camels in double-figures with 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Mason Lopez had a baker’s dozen with 13 points. Zuri Pavlin was a disruptive force on the backboards, registering 12 points and 17 rebounds.
“We are pleased and fortunate to have won, particularly for the second game in a row without a few key contributors,” Connecticut College Head Coach Tom Satran said.
The Owls from UMPI traveled 500 miles to reach the Whaling City and were paced by senior Michael Warner’s game-high 22 points. Thiago Conceicao chipped in with nine points and five boards in the paint.
The Camels opened the game with a 10-0 run. Lopez capped the run with a three ball from the right side of the arc with 17:34 remaining. Pavlin had 11 boards in the opening half. With 4:04 left in the half, the rookie forward dove across the baseline to save a possession and fed Alex Hall for a jumper that pushed the hosts lead to 38-24. The Camels carried a 44-30 lead into the half
In the second stanza, the hosts continued to pull away. Midway through the half, the Camels reeled off a 7-0 run to take complete control with a 68-44 lead with 10:30 to play.
Pat Deegan sparked the rally with two field goals and an assist on a Matt Vadas three-pointer.
In the second game, the Bears erased a nine-point first half deficit to advance to Sunday’s championship.
David Anderson was one of four Bears to reach double figures with 17 points and eight rebounds. Elli Sponseller finished with 15 points and nine boards. John Benedict netted 12 points while Devonte Weems reached double-digits with 11 points and six rebounds.
The Coast Guard enjoyed a 38-to-26 advantage on the backboards.
So the stage is set for Sunday’s Citizens Bank Championship game. Make your plans to visit the Coast Guard for two exciting games.