HARTFORD, Conn. (Nov. 6, 2011) – No. 23 C.W. Post men’s basketball traveled to the XL Center in Hartford and took on the defending Division I National Champion and fourth-ranked Connecticut, falling 91-61 on Sunday afternoon in the Pioneers’ second exhibition contest of the season. Three pioneers scored in double figures, led by sophomore Vaughn Allen (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) with 13 points, senior Stefan Bonneau (Middletown, N.Y.) with 11 and junior Tobin Carberry (Hamden, Conn.) with 10.
The Huskies, who are ranked fourth in the AP and ESPN/USA Today preseason polls, got a game-high 23 points from Jeremy Lamb, who joined five UConn players who registered double digits in scoring. Lamb was 10-of-14 from the floor, while Shabazz Napier notched a double-double with 13 points and 13 assists, and Andre Drummond joined him with 10 boards and 16 points.
The Pioneers trailed 54-21 at halftime, but responded with a better second half that saw them put up 40 points against the Big East powerhouse, outscoring the hosts 40-37 in the second half. They shot 35.6% from the floor (16-45) against the Huskies in the second half, an improvement from 7-for-35 (20%) in the first half.
The Huskies, who boast one seven-footer and eight players over 6’5, held a 52-38 edge on the glass, but the Pioneers showed excellent resilience, scoring 23 points off turnovers as well as 18 second-chance points.
The Pioneers open the regular season on Nov. 11 as they travel to Albany, N.Y. for the Saint Rose Tip-Off Tournament, facing off against Saint Anselm on Saturday at 6 p.m.