SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Tyler Rowe (East Hartford, Conn.) poured in 14 points to lead Connecticut College in an 82-71 loss to Springfield College in the Championship game of the Hampton Inn of the West Springfield/Naismith Classic that was hosted by the Pride in the Birthplace of Basketball today.
Senior Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. With his 821 boards, Pavlin needs just 10 more to pass Peter Dorfman '84 and become the program's all-time leader. Sophomore David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) chipped in with 13 points for the Camels.
Pavlin was joined by his classmate and fellow captain Daniel Janel (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) on the All-Tournament Team. Pavlin averaged 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds over the weekend while Janel contributed with 12.5 points and nine boards per outing for Head Coach Tom Satran's Camels.
The Camels (8-2) out-rebounded Springfield (6-5) 35-32 in the contest and are ready for conference action which will get underway this Friday night at Hamilton College.
"We are disappointed we lost but Springfield deserves a lot of credit," Coach Satran asserted. "There is a lot we can learn from today's game and I think we got a lot out of playing in this tournament."
Freshman Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) poured in a game-high 23 points with 10 rebounds to lead the hosts to the Championship, earning MVP honors. Ross netted all but two of his points in the first stanza. Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.) finished with 18 points and five assists for the winning side. Kevin Durkin (Worcester, Mass.) added 13 points in a 6-for-7 shooting performance while Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) reached double figures with 10 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes of action off of the Springfield bench.
Springfield carried a 40-29 lead at the half. In the second stanza, the Pride put together a 10-0 to build a 21 point edge. Eckles capped the rally with consecutive field goals, putting in a deuce before dialing long distance with 10:49 remaining to make it a 61-40 game.
But Pavlin and the Camels countered with an 11-0 run of their own. Labossiere put in a hoop with some harm to pull the visitors to within 14 with 9:26 remaining. Then, with 8:37 to go, Labossiere collected a steal and fed Pavlin in transition for a jam that trimmed the deficit to 61-49. On the ensuing Springfield possession, Pavlin induced a turnover and drove to the hoop for a bucket and suddenly the Camels were within 10 in a 61-51 game with 8:14 to go.
The Camels pulled to within 66-57 with 6:25 remaining when Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) buried a trey but the Springfield was able to hang on for the 72-61 win.