Waterville, Maine --- The Trinity College Bantams had five players in double figures and made 25 free throws in the game in a 68-59 victory over the Colby College Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this evening at Wadsworth Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 6-11 overall and 2-2 in the league with its first win in three games, while Colby has its four-game winning streak snapped while falling to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC play.
Trinity came out strong and took an 11-3 lead when Ford nailed a 3-point shot with 13:23 to play in the first half. The Bantams expanded the lead to 25-12 on a basket by sophomore guard Jared Pimm (Chelmsford, Mass.) with 6:01 to play, but the Mules managed to cut the lead to 28-19 at the break.
Trinity again started a half strong and pulled away to a 37-21 lead on two free throws by MacDougall with 16:31 to go. The Bantam lead stayed over 10 points for most of the half. Colby got as close as seven points when Gil Haylon (Wellesley, Mass.) nailed a 3-point shot with 2:29 to play to make the score 60-53. The Bantams hit eight free throws in the final two minutes to keep the lead.
Sophomore guard Brian Ford (Bronx, N.Y.) and Ian Fels (Miami, Fla.) both had 13 points for Trinity, while classmate Salah Abdo (Chelsea, Mass.) added 12 points, including 8-for-8 free throw shooting in the second half. Bantam senior co-captain forward Aaron Westbrooks (Dublin, Ireland) finished with 11 points, while sophomore forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) had 10 points and eight rebounds. Artie Cutrone (Garden City, N.Y.) had 21 points and six assists to lead Colby.