New London, Conn. – Host Connecticut College shot nearly 50 percent from the field for the game and did just enough to keep Clark University at bay, posting an 84-74 win over the Cougars in non-league men's basketball action on Tuesday evening.
The contest was incredibly balanced and saw nine different players reach double figures, including Clark's Joe Atkinson (Milford, Mass.) who finished with a career-high 19 points.
Score: Connecticut College 84, Clark University 74
Records: Connecticut College 4-1, Clark University 3-2
Location: Luce Gymnasium, New London, Conn.
How It Happened:
The game turned out to be pretty even except for a stretch midway through the first half that proved to be the difference. Clark had inched to within one at 19-18 after John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) found David Mercier (Milford, Mass.) for and easy hoop with 10:12 left in the first half.
That Mercier hoop would be the Cougars' last points for nearly six minutes and during that scoring drought the Camels scored ten straight highlighted by three-point bombs from both Isaiah Robinson and Lee Messier.
After Atkinson stopped the Connecticut College burst with a jumper, the lead quickly ballooned to 12 when Zuri Pavlin converted a traditional three-point play.
The Cougars were able to get within five after a Pisacreta basket, but the Camels got the final two hoops of the half to go into intermission up 36-27.
Clark saw its deficit creep to as many as 14 midway through the second half but they battled back to get to 62-56 following an Atkinson triple with 6:44 to play.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, the Camels had an answer to the tune of a game-sealing 11-2 run over the next three minutes that was capped by a Daniel Janel offensive rebound and putback.
Inside The Numbers:
Connecticut College shot 30-for-62 overall, but were a sizzling 59 percent from the field on shots from inside the three-point arc. The hosts were also able to turn Clark's 14 turnovers into 18 points, while holding a 24-16 edge in points in the paint.
Man Of The Match:
Atkinson was extremely efficient in his performance, going 6-for-12 from the field, including connecting on four of his five three-point attempts. He added seven rebounds and five steals to his stat line in his 39 minutes of action.
Mercier totaled a season-best 16 points and seven rebounds, while Pisacreta (11) and Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) (10) each reached double figures as well.
For The Foes:
Janel just missed out on a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Pavlin ended with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Clark will open up the home portion of its schedule on Thursday with a visit from Worcester-area rival Becker College. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.