NEW LONDON, Conn.--Tyler Rowe (East Harford, Conn.) scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Connecticut College men's basketball to a pivotal 70-60 NESCAC victory against Colby at Luce Field House Friday night.
Rowe was 3-for-8 from long distance and 8-for-10 at the charity stripe. He had four rebounds, four steals and two assists. He buried a jumper from middle of the lane with 2:09 remaining to put the Camels on top 65-60, sparking the hosts on a game-ending 7-0 run. With 1:31 to play, Rowe dialed long distance with a trey from the left side of the arc before senior Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) closed out the run with a hoop in the paint on a nice feed from Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) with 52 seconds left.
The Camels improved their record to 13-9 and are 3-6 in conference action. They will host Bowdoin College tomorrow on senior Saturday in New London in what is essentially a playoff game.
"We are pleased to win," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "We did a good job rebounding in the second half. I thought that was the difference."
The Mules played well tonight, but fell to 10-13 and are 1-8 in conference action. They will head to Wesleyan tomorrow for a 3:00 p.m. game in Middletown, Conn.
Senior Daniel Janel (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) chipped in with 13 points and 13 rebounds en route to a double-double to lead the Camels in the front court. Leotsakos played a major role tonight, coming up with 11 points and five boards off the pine. Junior Isaiah Robinson (Lynn, Mass.) was 4-for-7 from the field en route to his 10 points.
Colby College senior forward Patrick Stewart (Bangor, Maine) ignited the visitors on a 15-0 run that catapulted the Mules out to a 39-33 advantage with 15:32 remaining in regulation, finishing with 17 points and five boards while connecting on 4-of-7 shots from long range. Sean Gilmore (San Francisco, Calif.) chipped in with 14 points and five rebounds while Sam Jefferson (Newton, Mass.) added 12 points and seven boards for the Mules.
Tomorrow afternoon, the Camels will honor their seniors in a pre-game ceremony. Fans should arrive by 2:30 at the latest to salute their heroes Zuri Pavlin, Colin Pascoe (Somers, Conn.), and Daniel Janel as they play their final regular season home game in the Whaling City.