NEW LONDON, Conn.—Junior Lee Messier (Narragansett, R.I.) poured in 23 of his career-high 32 points in the opening half to lead the Connecticut College men's basketball team to a 95-68 victory against Western Connecticut State University at Luce Field House Wednesday night.
Messier shot a scorching 92% from the field, connecting on 11-of-12 field goals for the Camels. He buried 8-of-9 shots from long distance (89%) and was 2-for-3 at the foul line. He added six rebounds and an assist to his stat line.
Matt Vadas '15 (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.), Connecticut College's all-time leading scorer, holds the single game three-point mark with nine triples as a part of his 43 point offensive outburst he had against Westminster (Pa.) back on December 30, 2012
Sophomore Tyler Rowe (East Hartford, Conn.) followed up on his 32 point outburst Saturday with another 16 tonight to go with four assists, converting on 7-of-12 shots from the field and 2-of-4 field goals from beyond the arc. David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) chipped in with 11 points and three rebounds.
"We got off to a hot start offensively pretty early on and never really looked back," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "Everything looks better when the ball goes in the basket."
The Camels improved their record to 12-8 with the victory while Western Connecticut State slipped to 12-7 with the setback.
Sophomore guard Aaron Samuel (Stratford, Conn.) finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Colonials, netting 5-of-6 shots from the charity stripe and 6-of-13 shots from the field. Rookie guard Evan Curtin (Portland, Conn.) reached double digits with 10 points and was 4-for-5 from the field. Senior forward Tre'Von Perry (Waterbury, Conn) was 4-for-6 from the field en route to his eight point effort.
Janel took a nice entry pass from Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) for an easy deuce in transition that capped a 9-0 run and vaulted the Camels out to a 17-8 advantage with 15:36 remaining in the first stanza. Later on in the half, the Camels put together a lethal 15-3 run to break the game wide open. Messier could not miss. He scored two his eight triples during the scoring surge. He buried a triple from the right side of the arc with 6:52 to go that put the Camels on top 39-21. Labossiere would close out the run with 5:14 to play, taking a nice feed from Aaron Swenson (Waltham, Mass.) for another easy hoop to catapult the Camels out to an insurmountable 47-21 lead.
Connecticut College carried a 56-32 lead into the break. The second stanza offered Camel fans a chance to look at the future with some of the newcomers seeing minutes. Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) buried a trey in the closing moments. Anthony Drouin (Oakville, Ont.) chipped in with two points and two rebounds while Jason Bird (Raynham, Mass.) was heard from with two points and one helper.
The Camels shot 52% from the field (35-for-67), 50 from long distance (12-for-24) and 13-of-19 at the charity stripe (68%).