Bears Fall Short at Conn. College

Tyler Perez
Tyler Perez

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Ben McPherron had 15 points and made 5 of 6 free throws in the final two minutes as host Connecticut College grinded out a 62-58 win over Coast Guard in the battle of New London schools.

Dan Draffan had team-highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Camels improve to 3-4 and the Bears drop to 3-4.

Noah Baldez's layup with 2:17 left gave Coast Guard a 58-57 lead before McPherron gave the Camels a 59-58 lead with a pair of free throws with 1:45 left. McPherron would make one of two with 28.4 seconds left and following a Coast Guard turnover he made two with 10.1 seconds left to ice the game.

Tyler Perez led the Bears with 12 points while Justin Kane added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Conn. College shot 32.3 percent (18-55) in the win while connecting on just 3 of 17 from beyond the arc. Coast Guard hit 20 of 55 (34.6 percent) and 5 of 22 from downtown.

The Camels dominated the glass outrebounding the Bears 49-28 with 19 offensive rebounds.

Coast Guard led 15-14 with 14:19 left in the half before the Camels ran off six straight for a 20-15 edge with 9:52 left. Both teams would have an offensive draught as the Bears missed nine straight field goals while Conn. College missed 10 straight from the floor.

The Bears would go 10 minutes without a field goal before Madison Maloney's bucket with 4:20 left in the half tied the game 22-22.

Daniel Draffan's basket with 1:51 left would be Conn's first field goal in almost eight minutes. He would then hit a 3-pointer to tie the game 27-27 with 1:34 left.

Coast Guard was 9 of 26 in the first half (34.6 percent) while making 4 of 12 from 3-point range while the Camels were 10 of 31 (32.3 percent) and hit 3 of 9 from behind the arc.

The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they host archrival Merchant Marine at 2:00.