NEW LONDON, Conn.--Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists while classmate Daniel Janel (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) chipped in with 18 points and nine boards to lead the Connecticut College men's basketball team to an 84-74 victory at Luce Field House Tuesday.
The Camels improved their record to 4-1 in the early season, while the Cougars slipped to 3-2.
"We are pleased and fortunate to have won," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "We played really hard after a tough loss on Sunday. We didn't shoot our best from the outside but I was pleased with the looks we generated."
Senior guard Joe Atkinson (Milford, Mass.) had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Cougars. David Mercier (Milford, Mass.) finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in the loss. John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) added 11 points in the setback. Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) finished with 10.
With 4:13 remaining in the opening half, Pavlin converted a hoop and some harm when he took a feed from Labossiere in the post and layed it in to vault the Camels out to a 32-20 advantage at the break. The Cougars answered with a 7-0 run of their own, pulling to within 32-27 when Pisacreta knocked down a jumper with 1:19 remaining. But Labossiere and Pavlin converted hoops to close out the half and the Camels carried a 36-27 advantage into the break.
In the latter stages of the second half, the Camels used an 11-2 run to break the game open. Messier buried a three ball from the left side to make it a 71-58 game before Janel close out the run with a nifty looking tip-in on an offensive board to put the Camels on top 73-58 with 3:45 remaining.
Pisacreta knocked down a trey with 25 seconds left to pull the visitors to within 83-74 but the Cougars could not get any closer and the Camels were able to wrap up the 84-74 victory.