Medford, Mass. - The Trinity College Bantams led wire-to-wire en route to a 67-62 victory over the Tufts University Jumbos in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this evening at Cousens Gymnasium. Tufts falls to 5-16 overall and 1-6 in the NESCAC, and Trinity is now 3-3 in the conference and 10-10 overall.
Trinity built a 10-point halftime lead on the shoulders of junior Ian Fels (Miami, Fla.), who scored 11 first-half points. Senior Dave Beyel (Ocean City, N.J.) kept the Jumbos close with 15 first-half points of his own on six of 11 shooting. The Bantams dominated the glass in the first half, 23-9, as sophomore Salah Abdo (Chelsea, Mass.) grabbed 10 boards in the half.
The Bantams never relinquished their advantage in the second half, and they held a 13-point lead with 4:33 remaining. The Jumbos would use a furious rally late in the contest to pull within two, and they had the ball with a chance to tie, but could not convert and Trinity sealed the win by knocking down key free throws.
Beyel finished with a game-high 23 points, while senior Jon Pierce (Belmont, Mass.) scored 17. Trinity finished with four players in double-digits as both Fels and junior Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) checked in with 16 points. Abdo would register a double-double for the Bantams with 10 points and 15 boards. Tufts shot 42.6 percent (23/54) overall and Trinity finished at 42.1 percent (24/57). The Bantams held a distinct advantage on the glass, out-rebounding the Jumbos 43-30.