Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore Salah Abdo (Chelsea, Mass.) scored 18 points to go along with seven assists, four rebounds, and four steals to lead the Trinity College Bantams men's basketball team to a 73-56 win over the Springfield College Pride tonight on Stan Ogrodnik Court at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 4-3 while the Pride fall to 2-6 on the season.
The teams went back and forth for the opening five minutes of the contest until the Bantams began to find separation after taking a 10-9 lead on a jumper by sophomore Jon Pike (Exeter, N.H.). The bucket started a 14-2 run, capped by a deep three pointer from freshman Mick Distasio (Yarmouth, Maine), giving Trinity a 24-11 lead midway through the first half.
Springfield, down six at the half, kept within striking distance of the Bantams for much of the second stanza, cutting the lead to as few as four points before the Trinity offense would ice the win by hitting their shots late in the game and converting their free throw attempts.
Senior Pat Crean (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) scored 18 points and added seven rebounds and four assists for the Pride. Pike finished the game with 13 points and seven rebounds, while junior Brian Ford (Bronx, N.Y.) also scored 13, including two treys. Junior Luke MacDougal (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds, while sophomore Chris Applegate (High Point, N.C.) notched a game-high nine rebounds.
Trinity will close the fall semester at home against Skidmore on Fri., Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.