BRISTOL, R.I. -- Led by 20 points from junior Marcus McDermott (Ridgefield, Conn.), the Babson College men's team improved to 3-0 with a 61-51 victory over Connecticut College in the semifinal round of the 2011 Courtyard by Marriott Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Roger Williams University on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Beavers will how face the host Hawks in Sunday's championship game at 3 p.m. Roger Williams advanced via a 52-44 win over Fisher College earlier in the day.
McDermott finished with a game-high 20 points along with nine rebounds and three assists. Junior Russell Braithwaite (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added eight points and nine rebounds, while senior captain Matt Florio (Princeton, N.J.) chipped in with ten points.
Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) finished with 16 points and six rebounds for Connecticut College to lead the team. Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.) added 12 points and four boards. John Bullitt (Quincy, Mass.) had eight points and three steals.
Babson began the game on a 7-0 run before the Camels scored six straight to pull within one. That would be as close as Connecticut College would get as the Beavers lead wire-to-wire over the course of the half. The Beavers shot 48 percent (12-of-25) in the first half, while the Camels were only 7-of-22 (31.8%) in the period.
The Camels took their first lead of the game in the second half on a pair of free throws by Vadas to go up 32-30 with 14:37 to play. Connecticut held the lead for a six-minute stretch until a three-pointer by McDermott put Babson back on top 44-42 with 8:42 left. From there, an 11-3 Beaver run put Babson on top with just over a minute to play. A couple of Camel three-pointers pulled Connecticut to within six, but the Beavers hit all six of their free throws in the final minute to secure the win.
Roger Williams will face Babson in the championship game Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., with Connecticut College and Fisher playing in the consolation game prior at 1:00 p.m.
NOTE: Taken from a Roger Williams University press release.