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Men's Basketball Triumphs Over Roger Williams on the Road

Dan Draffan

BRISTOL, R.I. - Senior captain David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) poured in 29 points and recorded five steals to lead the Connecticut College men's basketball team to a 78-68 win over Roger Williams on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) set up Labossiere for a layup to open the scoring and then nailed a jumper with 17:15 to make it 4-3 and give the Camels a lead they would hold for the remainder of the game. Freshman Ryan Omslaer (Jackson, N.J.) put back a miss by Labossiere to extend the margin to twin figures at 20-10 with 9:34 left, and the visitors would eventually head into the break up by a touchdown.

Leading 35-28 at halftime, Connecticut College got a layup from Omslaer on its first possession and stayed ahead by at least two possessions for nearly the entire second frame. Roger Williams threatened to rally and came within three on two occasions with under six minutes left when Rich Pugliese and Austin Coene dialed up from downtown on back-to-back possessions. However, Draffan answered on the other end at the free throw line in each instance to keep the Hawks at bay. The sophomore also made a clutch jump shot after Ian Carmichael closed the gap to 66-64 to help the Camels earn the 10-point win.

In addition to Labossiere's effort, Draffan fell just shy of a double-double by scoring 17 points and collecting nine rebounds. Omslaer was also one board short of a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) provided six points, six boards, and four assists.

Coene paced Roger Williams (5-5) by contributing 25 points and four assists. JJ Pfohl and Jeff Stockmal also eclipsed twin figures in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively, and Pfohl also concluded the game with six rebounds and three steals.

Connecticut College (3-5) will take a break for final exams and next head to Naples, Florida to compete in a two-day tournament at the end of the month. The Camels will first face Wells College on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5 p.m.