Bantams Draw Amherst in NESCAC Tourney Opener Next Weekend
Hartford, Conn. - Senior co-captain forward Aaron Westbrooks (Dublin, Ireland) totaled a game-high 21 points, six rebounds, and four steals to lead the Trinity College Bantams to an 83-73 win over the visiting Williams College Ephs in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball regular season finale for both teams this afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium.
Trinity closes the regular campaign at 9-14 overall and 4-5 in the NESCAC, while the Ephs finish at 16-8 overall and 6-3 in the league. The Bantams have qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the ninth consecutive season as the No. 7 seed and will play a quarterfinal game at No. 2-seeded Amherst on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. No. 3-seeded Williams will host No. 6-seeded Bates in the quarterfinals on Feb. 21 at 3 p.m.
Williams took a 27-16 lead after an 8-0 spurt capped off by a three-pointer by junior Blake Schultz (Atherton, Calif.) with nine minutes left in the first half. The Bantams rallied to score 20 of the game's next 24 points for a 36-31 lead the break. Westbrooks scored eight points during the run. Williams again jumped ahead after intermission and held a 48-43 lead with just over 12 minutes on the clock, but Trinity responded similarly to the first half and went ahead by double digits at 76-66 on a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Brian Ford (Bronx, N.Y.) with a minute remaining. Trinity won the game at the charity stripe, hitting 29 out off 33 attempts in the second half and 35 out of 40 for the game.
Five Bantams finished in double figures in scoring, as sophomore forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) had 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds, classmate Ian Fels (Miami, Fla.) made 11 out of 12 shots from the foul line to account for almost all of his 13 points, Ford added 12 points off the bench, and senior co-captain guard Paul Rowe (Brooklyn, N.Y.) notched 10 points and seven rebounds. Schultz paced Williams with 18 points, while sophomore forward Harlan Dodson (Nashville, Tenn.) scored 14 points with four rebounds, and senior co-captain guard Kevin Snyder (Littleton, Colo.) added 13 points and five boards. The three combined to make 11 three-pointers in 22 attempts for the Ephs.