NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Jeff Allen (Madison, Conn.) drilled a 3-pointer from the right arc with 3.7 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Connecticut College men's basketball team to an 83-81 victory over the City College of New York on Tuesday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
CCNY ended regulation on a 17-0 run over the last four minutes to force an extra session. Trailing 74-57 with 4:23 remaining after junior Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) hit a long jumper, the Beavers began climbing out of a big hole by getting a pair of free throws from Romello Rashad and a bucket from Isaiah Denard on back-to-back possessions. Yassine Sakhi drove in for a layup to create a one-possession game at 74-71, and after a Camel was unsuccessful at the charity stripe to ice the game, Rashad came through by burying a 3-pointer to force an extra session.
Despite giving up a 17-point cushion in the waning minutes of regulation and losing all of the momentum, the Camels got on the board first in overtime when junior Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) converted a layup. The Beavers responded with five unanswered and clinged to a slim lead for most of the overtime, but the hosts would not go away. Down 81-78, Draffan came through on three consecutive plays at both ends of the floor. The junior made a layup to bring the Camels within one, defended and forced Denard to take an offbalance shot when driving down the right side, and then found Allen for the game-winning basket in the final seconds to propel the team to its second victory of the season.
In addition to providing late-game heroics, Allen finished with seven points, six rebounds, and four blocked shots for Connecticut College. Draffan registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in addition to coming up with a key defensive stop on the Beavers' last possession right before setting up Allen's game-winning basket at the other end. Freshman Ben McPherron (Weston, Mass.) racked up 21 points.
CCNY (0-5) got a 21-point effort from Rashad. Isaiah Williams had 14 points and five assists, while Sakhi finished with 17 points.
Connecticut College (2-3) remains at home to next face Eastern Connecticut State on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.