Rochester, N.Y. - Freshman guard Matt Fitzpatrick (Clarks Summit, Pa.) came off the bench to score a team-high 19 points and lead the Ithaca College Bombers to an 80-75 win over the Trinity College Bantams in the opening round of the 2008 Chuck Resler Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Rochester this afternoon. Trinity falls to 0-2 and will face the loser of tonight's other first round game featuring the host Rochester Yellowjackets and the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Panthers tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Bombers improve to 3-0 and advance to the finals tomorrow night against tonight's winner.
Trinity led at the half, 44-37, and extended its advantage to double digits at 57-47 on a layup by sophomore guard Salah Abdo (Chelsea, Mass.) six minutes into the second half, but the Bombers scored the next 11 points and outscored Trinity, 33-18, over the final 14 minutes of the game. The Bantams pulled within a point once on a layup by senior co-captain guard Paul Rowe (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with three minutes remaining and again on a jumper by freshman forward Andrew Yanulis (Medford, Mass.) with 1:15 on the clock, but senior tri-captain guard Sean Burton (Yorkville, N.Y.) answered both times for Ithaca and scored the Bomber's final eight points of the game.
Trinity sophomore forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) led all scorers with 23 points, making nine out of 13 shots from the field, and added 10 rebounds, while classmate Brian Ford (Bronx, N.Y.) had 19 points off the bench, and Abdo notched 10 boards and five assists for the Bantams. Burton finished with 16 points and seven assists for Ithaca.