A game that started lopsided, turned into arguably the greatest basketball game of the season for both Connecticut and City College.
At the beginning of the first half, City took control over the game. They were making Connecticut play City College basketball. City led as many as 16 in the first half. However, Connecticut would not go away quietly. They refused to allow City to take them as a joke. Connecticut responded back and got back into the game. City struggled from the free-throw line and couldn’t get in the rhythm. It seemed like they ran out of gas in those last minutes of the half. They finish at the half leading 31-29. They shot a poor 25% from the yard and 40% from the free-throw line. Connecticut, on the other hand, finished the half going perfect from the line and shot 45% from downtown.
The second half became the most interesting part of the game. It felt like a playoff atmosphere. Both teams giving it all they have. They would battle it out. City and Connecticut wanted this game bad enough. It would continue like this for the entire half.
Beavers led 75-73 with 17 seconds to go. Khalil Hamer fouled guard Tyler Rowe from the three-point line. Hamer couldn’t believe it. Rowe made 2 out of 3 to tied the game up 75-75. With possession of the ball and 6.4 seconds left, City looked to take the lead and not head into over time. The inbound pass was stolen and Tyler Rowe, of Connecticut College, got the shot off at the buzzer to give the Camels the win.
Rowe finished with 18 points. Beavers forward Mark Richards led with a game-high 24 points. Connecticut moves to 10-4. City is now 9-6 this season. What a great game! The atmosphere at the Nat Holman Gymnasium was incredible to watch.
Video by: Miguel Medina
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