NAPLES, Fla. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team was dealt an 89-70 setback by Luther at the Naples Shootout on Sunday afternoon.
Luther (6-4), which led from wire-to-wire, scored the first five points and broke out to an 8-2 advantage in the opening minutes when Rahul Bagga dialed up from long range. Jadyn Torres extended the margin to twin figures by driving in for a layup to make it 21-10 with 10:59 on the clock, and the Norse held a 40-30 lead at the break despite being challenged by the Camels down the stretch.
The Norse remained ahead by twin figures throughout the second half. Bagga hit a trifecta on the first play of the frame, and then James Kappus stole the ball away and finished with a 3-pointer at the other end to get the team going and stretch the margin to 16. Freshman Matt Carlin (Syracuse, N.Y.) brought the Camels within 12 by canning one of his four shots from long range to create a 50-38 score with 16:22 left, but that was as close as they would come. Brevin Walker sank two charity shots down the stretch to help seal the 19-point win for the opponent.
Luther was led by Bagga and Jared Nicolaisen. Bagga led three Norse players who scored in twin figures by contributing 15 points, while Nicolaisen added 13 points and dished out five assists. Kappus registered 10 points and blocked two shots.
Senior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) paced Connecticut College by finishing with 19 points and seven rebounds. He also redirected two shots Carlin scored 18 points, and sophomore Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) ended the game with 11 points, five assists and five boards.
Connecticut College (4-6) commences NESCAC play when it visits Middlebury on Friday evening at 7 p.m.