Springfield, Mass. - John Strawson scored 18 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the Springfield College Pride men's basketball team to a 65-59 overtime victory over the Trinity College Bantams this evening at Blake Arena. Springfield raises its record to 9-9, while Trinity falls to 5-11.
The game certainly had its ebbs and flows in the first half. Springfield got off to a 12-3 lead after the first 6:02. Junior guard Ryan Blackmon (Stamford, Conn.) scored eight of those first 12 points for SC. The Bantams, however, would close it to two on three occasions, the last with 2:12 to go on a lay-up by sophomore guard Brian Ford (Bronx,N.Y.). At that juncture, the Pride led 26-24, but Springfield then scored the half's final seven points.
In the second half, Trinity outscored Springfield, 13-5, to start it off, thus taking a 39-38 lead with 11:53 left on a jumper by senior guard Paul Rowe (Brooklyn, N.Y.). The score was tied at 47-all with 8:26 left when sophomore guard Salah Abdo (Chealsea, Mass.) hit a pair of free throws. Trinity then scored the next five points to take a 52-47 lead with 5:43 left.
When Abdo hit a three-pointer with 3:57 left, Trinity led by four, 55-51. But Springfield managed to score the last four points in regulation play. Both teams had opportunities to win it, the last by Trinity on an out-bounds play underneath their own basket, but failed to convert.
In the overtime, Strawson made another power lay-up with 3:57 left, and that gave Springfield the led for good. Strawson followed up with two free throws with 3:19 left, When Rowe made two free throws for Trinity with 1:53 left, the Bantams closed it to within three at 62-59 But Strawson made two more free throws with 20 seconds remaining. And freshman center Ryan Coburn (West Warwick, R.I.) added one more with eight seconds left. Abdo led Trinity with 15 points and Rowe finished with 14.