Patchogue, N.Y. – Junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) exploded to score 27 points in leading the Connecticut College men's basketball team to a 77-67 victory over St. Joseph's (L.I.) at the Danzi Center on Thursday evening.
A second straight road win for the Camels appeared to be destined to happen at the beginning, as Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) canned a 3-pointer to put the team on the board at the 18:27 mark and ignite an 11-0 run. The junior then put Connecticut College up by twin figures at 19-8 by sinking to free throws, and a jumper by sophomore Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) ballooned the margin up to 18 points before the half had even reached its midway point. St. Joseph's, however, stormed back and slashed the deficit all the way down to six when Isaiah Moore drained a shot from downtown to make it 42-36 at recess.
The Golden Eagles put a good scare into the visitors during the second half by bringing the margin all the way down to just two points on a pair of charity shots by Christen Brown, but the Camels answered right back and pushed themselves back ahead by double digits when Labossiere threw down a thunderous dunk and made two ensuing free throws to complete a 3-point play with 15:25 on the clock. St. Joseph's never came closer than six points the rest of the way.
"We are very fortunate to have won tonight," said head coach Tom Satran. "We were able to score more points than our opponent, but we really handled the ball poorly and misplayed quite a few other scenarios."
Labossiere netted 27 points to lead the way for Connecticut College by shooting a blistering 9-of-13 from the field, including 2-of-3 from long range, and 7-of-9 from the stripe. Freshman Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) contributed 17 points and six rebounds to go along with three blocked shots, while Leotsakos had 18 points and six boards.
Moore paced St. Joseph's (L.I.) (2-3) by scoring a team-leading 14 points and recording two steals. Trey Kinard notched 10 points, four boards and three swipes, and Frank Basile contributed a game-high five assists along with six rebounds, five points and two steals.
Connecticut College (4-2) will wrap up a busy stretch when it hosts Coast Guard on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1:00 p.m.