NAPLES, Fla. – Senior captain David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) scored 26 points by catching fire in the second half as the Connecticut College men's basketball team defeated Wells by an 82-68 score at the Naples Shootout on Saturday evening.
The Camels did not show any signs of rust at the beginning of the game despite a three-week layoff between games, as freshman Matt Carlin (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) hit back-to-back 3-pointers the first two times down the floor to give the team a quick 6-0 advantage. Connecticut College went ahead by twin figures when Carlin nailed another trifecta to make it 15-5 with 13:44 remaining in the opening half, but the Express stormed back.
After Jalen Tribble hit a shot from long range to cap a 9-0 run and bring Wells within one, Rich Ross converted a pair of free throws and connected from downtown to tie the score at 19s just past the midway point of the frame. The Camels, however, never surrendered the lead and carried a 33-31 advantage into the break.
Even though Wells tied the game twice in the early stages of the second half, Connecticut College remained ahead for the remainder of the contest. Labossiere drilled consecutive shots from beyond the arc to break a 35-35 tie and scored 11 points in a three-minute span to help the Camels break out to a 51-39 advantage and pull away. Junior Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) ballooned the margin to 20 at 78-58 by sinking a free throw to help propel the squad to the convincing 14-point win.
Labossiere led Connecticut College by lighting up for 26 points, which included netting 24 in the second half, to go along with nine rebounds and four steals. Carlin and Zimmerman scored 12 points apiece, while Zimmermann also contributed five assists and four steals. Lazor fell just shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards.
Ross paced Wells (2-6) by racking up a game-high 29 points by shooting 10-of-18 from the field, including 5-of-11 from long range, and 4-of-6 at the stripe. He also grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots. Tribble added 13 points and nine boards.
Connecticut College (4-5) wraps up tournament play when it faces Luther College tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.