Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore Anthony Fortes (East Providence, R.I.) scored 15 points and added seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals to lead the Bridgewater State University Bears to a 69-61 win over the Trinity College Bantams in men's basketball action this evening at Oosting Gymnasium. The Bantams fall to 10-8 with the loss, while the Bears improve to 11-6 on the season.
Trinity and Bridgewater traded baskets early in the game, the Bears holding a 30-29 lead with 3:30 remaining in the first half. A three-pointer by senior co-captain Nicholas Motta (Fairhaven, Mass.) and a pair of free throws by junior Max Dolgin (Randolph, Mass.) gave a cushion to the Bears, who brought a 40-32 lead to the locker room at halftime.
Trinity kept pace with the Bears to open the second half, thanks to key long range shooting from sophomore Mick DiStasio (Yarmouth, Maine), keeping the Bantams within six points, 51-46, with ten minutes remaining in the game. Junior Nathan Miller (New Bedford, Mass.) hit a three-pointer for the Bears, followed by a jumper from sophomore Shawn Yard (Brockton, Mass.), again preventing the Bantams from taking a lead. Bridgewater managed to keep Trinity at a distance for the duration of the clock, as the Bears would go on to ice their fourth win in five games.
Motta and DiStasio tied for a game-high 19 points apiece, while Yard and Trinity senior co-captain Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scored 14 points apiece. DiStasio connected on an impressive six of eight three-point attempts, including four in the second half, while MacDougall added seven rebounds for the Bantams.
Trinity shot 30 percent from the floor in the game and just 24 percent in the second half, while the Bears hit 47 percent of their shots in the game.