Hartford, Conn. – Junior guard Ian Fels (Miami, Fla.) had 15 points, all in the second half, and five assists to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 64-59 win over the visiting Connecticut College Camels in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s basketball action this evening at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 6-6 overall and 1-0 in the NESCAC, while the Camels fall to 6-7 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Fels gave Trinity a 48-46 lead on a three-pointer from the right wing with nine minutes remaining, and the Bantams held the lead the rest of the way but never had more than a six-point advantage. Sophomore forward Jon Pike (Exeter, N.H.) and Fels followed with consecutive baskets to give Trinity a 52-46 lead at the seven-minute mark, but the Camels pulled within a point with four minutes remaining on a drive by senior tri-captain guard Shavar Bernier (Dover, N.H.). Fels drove from the top of the key for a layup to give Trinity a 60-57 lead with 28 seconds remaining, but sophomore tri-captain guard Brian Mahoney (Quincy, Mass.) quickly scored a Camel layup to get the visitors back within one with 16 seconds on the clock. Junior tri-captain forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) calmly sank two free throws on the ensuing Bantam possession, and a game-tying trey attempt by Mahoney rolled in and out in the final seconds.
Pike joined Fels in double figures in scoring for the Bantams with 14 points and added four rebounds, while sophomore forward Demetrius Porter (Virginia Beach, Va.) led all scorers and rebounders with 20 points and nine boards, and Bernier scored 11 points including the 1,000th of his career. Bernier becomes the 16th player in Camel history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and now has 1,005 career points.