Hartford, Conn. - Junior tri-captain forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) totaled 16 points, a game-high 13 rebounds, and three assists to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 74-70 win over the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 7-6 overall and 2-0 in the NESCAC with its second win in as many days, while the Cardinals fall to 6-9 overall and 0-2 in the league with their second loss in two days.
Trinity used a 13-0 run early in the second half to turn a 45-39 deficit into a 52-45 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the game, A trey by Wesleyan sophomore guard Jason Mendell (Bedford, N.Y.) put Wesleyan ahead, 45-39, with 15:45 remaining, but a three-pointer and a jumper by MacDougall and a drive and two free throws by freshman guard Cameron Sutton (Queens, N.Y.) capped off the Bantam spurt that put the home team ahead for good. Wesleyan closed a bucket in the final minute on a freshman forward Greg St. Jean (Danville, Calif.) and got within one after a second St. Jean drive with 13 seconds on the clock. The Cardinals quickly fouled and MacDougall made one of two tries from the line, but then hustled downcourt to block the game-tying attempt by Wesleyan senior tri-captain guard Jeremy Kaminer (Cherry Hill, N.J.) with two seconds left. Bantam freshman guard Mick Distasio (Yarmouth, Maine) iced the game with a pair from the charity stripe.
Trinity junior guard Ian Fels (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore tri-captain guard Salah Abdo (Chelsea, Mass.) joined MacDougall in double figures in scoring with 14 and 11 points, respectively, while sophomore forward Jon Pike (Exeter, N.H.) pulled down eight rebounds and scored nine points. Freshman forward Mike Callaghan (Madison, Wisc.) paced Wesleyan with 17 points, including 11 in the first eight minutes and 13 in the first half to help the visitors take a 31-30 lead into the break, and added six rebounds. Freshman guards David Fogel (Hewlett Park, N.Y.) and Shasha Brown (Hampton, Ga.) added 12 points apiece, while Kaminer dished out a game-high six assists for the Cardinals.