Five Seniors End Outstanding Men's Basketball Careers At Trinity

Five Seniors End Outstanding Men's Basketball Careers At Trinity

Hartford, Conn., April 18, 2008 - The Trinity College men's basketball team, coached by Stan Ogrodnik (27th Season), finished the 2007-08 season with a 21-7 overall record and won its first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship title.  The Bantams finished tied with Bowdoin and Middlebury for second in the conference's final regular-season standings at 6-3, and defeated Connecticut College, Middlebury, and Bowdoin en route to the league championship tournament crown.  Trinity earned its seventh bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament and its second in as many years, falling to eventual Elite Eight participant Coast Guard in the opening round, 70-65, at home. 

Five seniors closed out their basketball careers this season for the Bantams, including tri-captains Russ Martin (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Tyler Simms (Bourne, Mass.), and Robert Taylor (Dorchester Center, Mass.), and classmates Steven Dunn (Garwood, N.J.), and Patrick Hasiuk (Enfield, Conn.).  Martin started all 28 games at center this winter and led the squad in scoring at 14.1 ppg (395, 7th in NESCAC) and in steals with 36.  Martin also averaged 6.3 rebounds per game (176, 2nd on team, 6th in NESCAC) and totaled 42 assists and 20 blocked shots while shooting .502 percent from the floor (142-283) and .806 percent from the foul line (103-129, 8th in NESCAC).  Taylor started all 28 games at forward, averaging 13.6 ppg (382, 2nd on team, 10th in NESCAC) and a team-high 7.2 boards per contest (201, 9th in NESCAC) with 59 assists, 23 steals, and 24 blocked shots (2nd on team).  Taylor shot .449 from the field (140-312), .279 from three-point range (19-68), and .761 from the foul line (.761).  Hasiuk played in 24 games and started 22, averaging 12.2 ppg (292) and collecting a team-high 106 assists (4.42 per game, 4th in NESCAC).  Hasiuk also pulled down 3.5 boards per contest (83) and notched 31 steals (2nd on team) while shooting .368 from the field (91-247), .348 from three-point range with a team-high 54 treys in 155 tries, and a team-high .875 from the foul line (56-64, 2nd in NESCAC).  Dunn played in all 28 games at center, averaging 4.7 ppg (132) and 5.4 rebounds per game (150) with 15 assists, 16 steals, and a team-high 27 blocks (0.96 per game, 9th in NESCAC).  Dunn shot .475 from the field (57-120) and .545 from the foul line (18-33).  Simms, Trinity's representative on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team, played in 15 games at guard and totaled 25 points, 16 assists, and 11 steals. 

For his career, Martin totaled 1,059 points (25th all-time at Trinity, 10.8 ppg), 514 rebounds (5.3 per game), 99 assists, 82 blocks, and 72 steals in 98 games and 53 starts.  He shot .518 from the field (383-740), .262 from three-point range (27-103) and .767 from the foul line (266-347).  Taylor played in a College-record 107 games with 59 starts and tallied 1,207 points (15th all-time at Trinity, 11. ppg), 606 rebounds (5.7 per game), 140 assists, 75 blocks, and 100 steals. Taylor shot .460 from the field (454-987), .321 from three-point range (60-187), and .742 from the charity stripe (239-322).  Hasiuk appeared in 103 games with 35 starts and tallied 931 points (9.0 per game) with 266 rebounds, 368 assists, and 99 steals with a .378 field goal percentage (309-817), a .349 three-point field goal percentage (162-464), and a .759 free throw percentage (151-199).  Dunn played in 76 games, totaling 275 points (3.6 per game), 261 rebounds, and 53 blocked shots with a .481 field goal percentage (112-233) and a .543 free throw percentage (51-94).  Simms notched 39 points, 22 rebounds, 25 assists, and 18 steals in 40 games in his Bantam career.

Junior G/F Paul Rowe (Brooklyn, N.Y.) started every game at guard and led Trinity in field goal percentage at .575 (119-207, 4th in NESCAC).  Rowe averaged 10.5 ppg (295) and 4.7 rebounds per game (132) with 43 assists, 19 steals, and 14 blocks while shooting .690 from the foul line (49-71).  Classmate Aaron Westbrooks (Dublin, Ireland) also started every game, at forward, averaging 4.4 ppg (124) and 3.5 rebounds per game (99) with 67 assists (2nd on team) and 25 steals while shooting .400 percent from the field (46-115) and .610 from the foul line (25-41).  

Freshmen guards Ian Fels (Miami, Fla.) and Brian Ford (Bronx, N.Y.) each saw consistent playing time in their repsective rookie seasons, as both Fels played in all 28 games with six starts and Ford appeared in 27 games.  Fels averaged 3.4 ppg (95) with 40 rebounds, 50 assists, and 17 steals while shooting .389 from the field (28-72), .382 from three-point range (13-34), and .813 from the free throw line (26-32).  Ford scored 6.7 ppg (180) and added 36 rebounds and 24 assists while shooting .397 from the field (62-156), .385 from beyond the arc (35-91) and .750 (21-28) from the foul line.  Freshman forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) also played in every game, averaging 4.3 ppg (119) and 2.5 rebounds per game (69) with 24 assists, a .542 field goal percentage (45-83) and an .840 free throw percentage (21-25).  

Freshman center Daniel O'Donoghue (Greenfield, Mass.) averaged 2.3 points in 10 games and first-year swingman Jared Pimm (Chelmsford, Mass.) appeared in 10 games for the Bantams.  As a team, Trinity finished second in the NESCAC in free throw percentage at .747 (414-554) and in rebounding margin with a +6.5 edge on the glass.