NEW LONDON, CT – Despite a team-high 17 points from sophomore guard Aaron Samuel (Stratford, CT), the Western men's basketball squad fell at non-conference opponent Connecticut College, 95-68, on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 12-7 overall, while the Camels improved to 12-8.
Western rookie guard Evan Curtin (Portland, CT) added 10 off the bench on the strength of 4-for-5 shooting in just 12 minutes of play. The hosts shot a scorching 52.2% from the field for the game, while the Colonials were held to just 36.8%. Junior guard Lee Messier (Narragansett, RI) was unstoppable for the Camels, pouring in a game-high 32 points on 11-for-12 shooting (8-of-9 from behind the arc).
Western jumped out to an early 8-5 lead when junior guard Bobby Bynum (New Haven, CT) drained a long range three-pointer. However, the hosts responded with a 12-0 run. The Camels' lead stretched to 35-18 when Messier buried a trifecta midway thru the opening half before sinking a pair of free throws, making the count, 56-32, at the break.
It was more of the same in the second stanza as Messier connected on back-to-back three-pointers, giving Conn. College a 79-38 lead with 9:51 remaining. Rookie forward Fenton Bradley (Mansfield, CT) would round out the scoring for the Colonials with a layup, ending the contest at 95-68.
"We didn't guard and we didn't make shots. When that happens, this is the result you get," said Colonials head coach Jason Harlow.
Western returns to action against visiting LEC foe UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday at 3 p.m.