Published December 01. 2012 4:00AM
New London - Senior Bashir Hudson had game highs with 24 points and 11 rebounds, leading Wheelock to a 71-68 win over Coast Guard Academy on Friday in the first round of the Citizens Bank Camel/Cadet Classic.
The Bears (1-3) will play in the consolation game at 2 p.m. today against Connecticut College while Wheelock faces University of Dallas in the championship game at 4 p.m. Both men's basketball games are at Conn College.
Coast Guard senior Greg Marshall's three-point play with 1:55 left in the game tied the score 68-68. Wheelock took the lead for good 69-68 when Hudson sank one of two free throws with 1:28 left.
Marshall led the Bears with 15 points while Devonte Weems, playing in his first game of the season because of an injury, finished with 12 points and sophomore Eli Sponseller had a career-high 11 points.
In other games:
• Conn College's Matt Vadas scored 29 points and had six rebounds but the Camels lost to the University of Dallas 78-64. Bryan Gross had 11 points and Aaron McBurnie had seven rebounds for Conn (1-4). Tanner Bruffey led Dallas (2-2) with 16 points.
• Kaylee Cerruto finished with a team-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals in Mitchell College's 74-66 loss to St. Joseph's of Long Island in the Wesleyan Tournament in Middletown. Diamond Thomas had 15 points and Amanda Garcia added 14 for the Mariners (0-5). Mitchell plays Johnson & Wales at 1 p.m. today in the consolation game.
• Conn College's Dawson Luke scored his second goal of the game with 1:35 left in regulation and the Camels earned a 3-3 overtime tie with Middlebury in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Tim DiPretoro scored his first career goal and Mike Petchonka made 28 saves for the Camels (1-2-1, 0-2-1). The Panthers are 2-1-2, 1-0-2.
• Amy Leichliter made 23 saves in Conn College's 3-0 loss to Hamilton College in the NESCAC. The Camels fell to 1-2-1, 0-2-1.
H.S. boys' basketball
• Drew Watson scored 16 points, all in the second half, but The Williams School fell a point short in its comeback attempt against Block Island, losing 44-43. Williams trailed 24-13 at halftime. Watson also had 16 rebounds and Xavier Mills played outstanding defense in the second half for the Blues (0-1), according to coach John Lapkowski.
H.S. girls' basketball
• The Williams School lost its season opener, falling to Christian Heritage 40-21. Marion Philippe had 17 rebounds and scored eight points and Camisha Moore and Maggie Hillegass had five steals each for Williams.
Charity volleyball game at New London High School
• The staff at New London High School will be playing a charity volleyball game at noon today in the school's gymnasium. Admission is $2, $1 with the donation of a non-perishable food item. All donated items will benefit the Gemma E. Moran Food Center in New London and proceeds from admission will be put toward helping a family in New London which recently lost its home due to a fire.