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Western New England Shakes Off Slow Start to Down Men’s Basketball

Western New England Shakes Off Slow Start to Down Men’s Basketball

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team fell to Western New England on the road by a 90-76 score at the Alumni Healthful Living Center on Thursday evening.

Connecticut College got going quickly built up an 8-0 advantage less than two minutes into the contest. Junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) converted a layup through traffic to put the Camels on the board, and classmate Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) and freshman Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) followed with back-to-back 3-pointers to prompt a Golden Bear timeout at the 18:31 mark.

The hosts then stormed back after the break, tying the score at 10-10 on a Cole Eiber trifecta before taking their first lead on a good jumper that came off the hands of Mike McGuire. Western New England continued what would eventually become a 23-5 run, which was capped by another Eiber trey, to build up a double digit lead at 23-13 shortly before the midway point. The Camels, however, rallied and got a jumper from Jason Bird (Raynham, Mass.) to take a 37-34 advantage into the break.

Western New England (3-5) came screaming out of the gates in the second half and exploded to score 13 points in less than three minutes. Tim Reilly hit consecutive shots from beyond the arc to put the Golden Bears back in full command.

The Camels attempted to rally and came within nine when Draffan took a pass from sophomore Ben Bagnoli (East Haven, Conn.) and drove in for a layup, but the deficit was just too much to overcome. Western New England ballooned its lead up to 27 on a trifecta by McGuire, and the visitors were dealt just their first road loss of the season.

"We really struggled to score at the beginning of the second half and never recovered from that part of the game," said head coach Tom Satran. "David's injury obviously didn't help, but that's no excuse. We got outplayed and decisively so."

Mikey Pettway led five Western New England players in twin figures with 20 points. He also dished out seven assists and recorded four steals. Reilly and McGuire finished with 16 and 15 points, resepectively, while Reilly shot 6-of-7 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from long distance.

Senior captain Isaiah Robinson (Lynn, Mass.) paced Connecticut College with nine points and five rebounds. Leotsakos added eight points, seven rebounds and was one of four players to tally four assists. Draffan contributed nine points and three blocks.

Connecticut College (4-4) will return home to host Mitchell College on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3:00 p.m.