Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore guard Ian Fels (Miami, Fla.) scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the second half to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 64-57 win over the visiting Connecticut College Camels in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this evening at Oosting Gymnasium. The Bantams improve to 4-8 overall and 1-0 in the NESCAC with their first win in three games, while the Camels fall to 9-5 overall and 0-1 in the league with their first loss in four games.
Trailing, 14-9, after eight minutes of play, Trinity outscored the Camels, 20-0 over the next 11 minutes for a 29-14 lead, and led, 31-16, at the break. Trinity, which held Connecticut College to six field goals in 18 attempts in the first half, scored the first two buckets of the second stanza on a jumper by Fels and drive by senior co-captain forward Aaron Westbrooks (Dublin, Ireland) to take its biggest lead of the game at, 35-16, and held a double-digit lead for the vast majority of the next 15 minutes. The Camels cut the lead to 52-43 with four minutes left to play on a layup by junior guard Shavar Bernier (Dover, N.H.), and pulled within four at 56-52 with just under two minutes on the clock after along trey by Bernier and a drive by freshman guard Eddie McGuiness (Pearl River, N.Y.). The Bantam defense stopped the Camels on three straight possessions down the stretch and four different players combined on 8-for-8 shooting from the foul line to preserve the Trinity triumph.
Trinity sophomore forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) joined Fels in double figures in scoring with 14 points and added a team-high six rebounds, while classmate Salah Abdo (Chelsea, Mass.) added 10 points, four assists, and three steals. Freshmen forward Demetrius Porter (Virginia Beach, Va.) paced the Camels with 17 points, and six boards, while Bernier totaled 16 points, six rebounds, and three steals.