#1 Middlebury College 72, Connecticut College 56
Camels Keep it Close with Panthers
NEW LONDON, Conn. --Connecticut College battled back from a 13 point deficit to pull to within three points with top ranked Middlebury College but it was not enough as the Panthers prevailed with their 13th straight win (3-0 NESCAC) in a 72-56 triumph.
Junior guard Jake Wolfin (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) poured in a game-high 21 points, all coming from beyond the arc (7-for-8). Ryan Sharry (Braintree, Mass.) chipped in with 18 points and 11 boards in a 7-for-10 shooting performance.
Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) dumped in 15 points to lead the Camels. Mason Lopez (Hoboken, N.J.) chipped in with 14 points and Boris Jeremic (Rijeka, Croatia) reached double digits with 10 for Connecticut College (5-9, 0-3).
"Middlebury is excellent and well deserving of their top ranking," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "I thought our guys gave a good effort but we couldn't get over the top although we had a few chances in the second half."
The Camels did a nice job, mixing defensive looks and after trailing by as many as 13 points, cut the deficit to 59-56 when Bryan Gross (Great Falls, Va.) netted a three-ball from the right side with 7:09 to go.
The Panthers promptly pushed the lead back to six, but Jeremic answered with another Camel triple to make it a 59-56 contest with 4:59 remaining.
However, Wolfin continued to carry the hot hand for the Panthers and the junior sharp-shooter buried three more treys in the closing moments to help the visitors close out the 72-56 triumph.
Satran and the Camels will host 14th ranked Williams College Saturday for a 4:00 p.m. game in New London.
The Panthers will visit Wesleyan University for a 4:00 p.m. conference tilt in Middletown, Conn.
January 13, 2012