Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore guard Kyle Nadeau (Webster, Mass.) hit a clutch three-pointer late in the second half, one of his three on the evening, to lead the WPI Engineers to a 62-54 win over the Trinity College Bantams this evening at Oosting Gymnasium. The Bantams fall to 3-8 with the loss, while the Engineers improve to 11-3 on the season.
The teams combined for just four points in the games first five minutes before Trinity put six unanswered points on the board, giving the Bantams an early 8-2 edge. Later in the half, WPI gained the lead, 22-17, on a jumper by freshman forward Jerome Stewart (Bloomfield, Conn.), before Trinity took back control, taking a two-point lead into halftime, 28-26.
In a sloppy, back-and-fourth game that saw the teams combined for 37 turnovers and make less than 40 percent of their shots, things were even on both sides for the majority of play with the score at 47-47 with just under 7 minutes remaining on the clock. Trinity cut the lead to as few as five points with 37 seconds on the clock, but WPI to held on for the win.
Trinity sophomore forward Luke MacDougal (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) went 8-for-9 from the charity stripe and led all scorers with 19 points, five rebounds and three steals. Sophomore guard Jeffery Robinson (Granby, Conn.) had 12 points and four rebounds to lead the Engineers.
Trinity will open the NESCAC season on Fri., Jan. 16 at home against Connecticut College at 7:30 p.m. and hosts league rival Wesleyan the following afternoon at 3 p.m.