Anilus Banks in Runner with 16 Seconds Left, Propelling Camels to Victory in Whaling City Rivalry
NEW LONDON, Conn. --Jethro Anilus (Stamford, Conn.) banked in a runner with 16 seconds left to lift the Connecticut College men's basketball team to a 52-50 victory against the Coast Guard Academy Monday.
The Camels snap a four game slide, improving their record to 6-10 with the triumph. The Coast Guard slips to 6-8 with its fifth straight setback. Connecticut College holds a 34-to-22 lead in the series against their longtime rivals in the Whaling City.
Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) and Mason Lopez (Hoboken, N.J.) netted 10 points each. Lopez added six rebounds while Vadas finished with five boards.
Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.) scored all nine of his points from beyond the arc.
"We were really fortunate to win," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Tom Satran said. "We shot poorly but defended and rebounded pretty well. Jethro made a great play at the end and we hung in there on their last shot."
David Anderson (Goose Creek, S.C.) poured in a game-high 12 points to lead the Bears in the setback. Junior Greg Marshall (Gaithersburg, Md.) chipped in with 11 points and three rebounds for the Coast Guard.
Anderson converted a free throw with 5:20 to go that put the Bears on top 45-40. But the Camels responded with a 7-to-0 run. John Bullitt (Brookline, Mass.) buried a three-pointer from the left side to tie the game at 45. On the ensuing Coast Guard possession, Vadas induced a turnover and drove the lane for a thunderous dunk to put the hosts on top 47-45.
Marshall converted a pair of free throws with 1:14 remaining to put the Bears
back on top with a 50-49 lead.
But With 57 seconds remaining, Lopez tied the game with a free throw.
The Bears had another chance to take the lead with 33 seconds left but could not convert on the foul line.
In the closing moments, Anilus was able to beat his defender on the left side of the block and bank in a runner that proved to be the difference.
Foul shooting proved to be the difference in this game. The Camels shot 79% at the charity stripe, converting 11-of-14 free throws. The Bears made just 11-of-22 attempts and were 8-for-18 in the second half.
The Bears will visit Babson College Wednesday night for a 7:00 p.m. game in Wellesley, Mass.
Connecticut College will host Bates College Friday night for an 8:00 p.m. game in New London.
January 16, 2012