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Men's Basketball Blasts Fisher in Non-Conference Action

Ben Bagnoli
NEW LONDON, Conn. - Sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) registered a double-double to help lead the Connecticut College men's basketball team to a 71-49 victory over Fisher College on Tuesday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House.

Fisher (7-10) took a stunning 9-6 advantage when Giovanni Thompson converted a layup at the 13:46 mark during a tight start to the first half, but the Camels rattled off 10 unanswered to take over the game. Freshman Matt Carlin (Syracuse, N.Y.) nailed a jumper to put the hosts ahead before junior Ben Bagnoli (East Haven, Conn.) capped the run by sinking both of his free throws. After Ville Milan brought the margin down to three at 23-20 by canning a 3-pointer, the Camels ended the half on an 8-2 run to take a 31-22 advantage into the recess.

Connecticut College stayed ahead for the entire second half. Following a layup by Anthony Lewis which created a 46-36 score, the hosts burst ahead by getting five straight points from junior Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) which kickstarted another big run. The margin grew to as many as 25 when freshman Dominic DeModna (Brooklyn, N.Y.) sank a pair of charity shots in the final minute, as the Camels would eventually run away with a 22-point victory.

Draffan finished the game with 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists which were all team highs. Senior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) added 12 points and eight boards, while Carlin and Lazor each contributed nine points off the bench.

Chris Sorapuru paced three players in double figures by scoring 12 points for Fisher (7-11), which was held to just 26.7 shooting from the floor. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Lewis and Thompson netted 10 apiece, and Lewis also contributed three assists along with three steals.

Connecticut College (5-8), which held the Falcons to just 26.7 percent shooting from the floor, continues a five-game homestand when it hosts No. 24 Amherst on Friday evening at 7 p.m.