Hartford, Conn. - Junior tri-captain forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) poured in 29 points, 13 rebounds, and two assists to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 72-53 win over the visiting St. Joseph's College Bears in men's basketball action this afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 8-7 overall with its third win in four games, while the Bears fall to 2-12 overall
Down 10-5 early in the game, Trinity went on a 12-0 run to take a 17-10 lead. The Bears were able to keep pace the remainder of the half, trailing by just seven at the midway point, 30-23.
Trinity increased their lead to 12, with the score at 43-35 early in the second half. The Bears would not go away, as senior Larry Fawcett (Middle Village, N.Y.) hit a three-pointer with 10:46 on the clock to cut the Bantam lead to 43-40. At the 7:05 clip, Fawcett came up with another clutch trey, bringing the Bears within two points. A bucket by sophomore forward Jon Pike (Exeter, N.H.) at the 6:45 mark would start a 9-0 Trinity run, and give the Bantams a cushion the rest of the way.
Trinity sophomore center Chris Applegate (High Point, N.C.) collected 14 points, nine rebounds, and two steals and sophomore tri-captain Salah Abdo (Chelsea, Mass.) added 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals for the Bantams. After tonight's performance, MacDougall is averaging 20.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in his last three contests. Junior guard Justin Gist (Newsome, Fla.) highlighted the statistical sheet for St Joseph's, collecting 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
Trinity will host NESCAC rival and No. 20-ranked Amherst on Sat., Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. in the second half of a women's and men's basketball doubleheader. The game will be webcast live at www.trincoll.tv.