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Men's Hoop Falls Victim to Second-Half Surge; Loses at Conn., 73-66

February 9, 2002

From a Conn. College Release

Ryan Faulkner '03
Junior guard Ryan Faulkner dished out 11 assists
NEW LONDON, CT - Connecticut College erased a seven-point half time deficit to defeat Amherst 73-66 in a match-up of NESCAC rivals at the Charles B. Luce Field House on Saturday. Trailing 38-31 at halftime, the host Camels used a 12-5 run in the first five minutes of the second half to pull even at 43-43. From there Conn. used an 8-1 spurt to grab the lead for good and a three-point field goal by junior guard Joe Trembley (Lebanon, CT) put the Camels ahead 51-44 with 12:39 remaining.

With its offense clicking, Conn. turned up its defense as well, holding the Lord Jeffs without a field goal for over eight minutes and limiting Amherst to 9-of-22 shooting (.409) for the half. A three-point field goal by sophomore guard Adam Harper (Washington, DC) broke the drought and narrowed the Camels' lead to 51-47 with 10:06 remaining.

With Amherst closing in, Conn. went inside; scoring six of its next eight points in the paint and lay up by senior guard Vaidas Nutautas (Kaunas, Lithuania) put the Camels ahead 59-51 with seven minutes to play. Amherst quickly scored the next five points and a jumper by junior guard Ryan Faulkner (Lebanon, NH) cut the Camels' lead to 59-56 with six minutes to play. That's as close as Amherst would get because a lay up by junior forward Travis Reid (Jamaica, NY) moved the margin back to eight (64-56) with 4:25 remaining.

Senior guard Mizan Ayers (Bronx, NY) led four Camels in double figures with 15 points. Senior guard Leland McKenna (Litchfield, CT) added 13 and senior forward Rich Futia (Greenwich, CT) and Reid each contributed 11.

Amherst was led by junior forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, MA) and freshman forward Andrew Schiel (Abbington, PA) who each had 14 points. Faulkner added 11 assists for the Lord Jeffs who had won the previous two meetings against the Camels.

Conn, which shot 10-of-21 from the foul line in a three-point loss to Trinity last night, made four of six free throws in the final 1:22 to put the game away. The victory moved the Camels (13-8, 4-3) into sole possession of fourth place in the NESCAC standings. Amherst dropped to 15-6 overall and 3-4 in the league. The two teams entered the game tied for fourth in the NESCAC.

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