NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team fell to Eastern Connecticut State by an 81-66 score on Sunday afternoon at the Charles B. Luce Field House.
The beginning of the first half featured four ties and seven lead changes until Eastern Connecticut State (2-3) rode a 25-8 run to close out the frame. Freshman Ben McPherron (Weston, Mass.), who was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line in the opening half, gave the Camels a 16-15 edge at the midway point by sinking two free throws before Sharown Fowler made consecutive buckets to put the Warriors ahead for good. The margin grew to 12 at 32-20 on a 3-pointer by Jake Collagan at the 3:23 mark, and a buzzer-beating jumper by Thomas Close from the right corner created a 42-24 score at the break.
Connecticut College attempted to rally and slashed the deficit all the way down to five in the second half when senior Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) put back a missed 3-pointer by junior Austin Nwafor (East Hartford, Conn) and sank an ensuing free throw with 4:17 on the clock, but the Camels would come no closer. Collagan converted from long range at the other end on the Warriors' next possession, and the hosts failed to make a field goal for the next four minutes. Fowler capped the game by canning two shots at the stripe to seal the final outcome.
Fowler registered a game-high 18 points off the bench to pace Eastern Connecticut State in scoring. He shot 8-of-9 from the floor, including 2-of-2 at the line, and also finished with seven rebounds. Collagan notched 17 points and eight assists, while Cory Muckle had 16 points to go along with six helpers.
McPherron and Nwafor each contributed 14 points to lead the way for Connecticut College. Junior Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) added 12 points and seven rebounds, while junior Jeff Allen (Madison, Conn.) grabbed eight boards.
Connecticut College (2-4) will play its sixth home game when it entertains Coast Guard on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.