Hartford, Conn. – Senior guard Ian Fels (Miami, Fla.) scored all of his game-high 17 points in the second half, sinking all three of his three-point tries and all six of his foul shots, and added three assists to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 76-55 win over the visiting Bates College Bobcats in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s basketball action this evening at Oosting Gym. Trinity improves to 12-9 overall and 3-3 in the NESCAC with its second consecutive victory, while Bates drops to 12-10 overall and 3-4 in the league with its first loss in four games.
Bates started the game with a 5-0 run and took its biggest lead of the game at 28-14 with just under six minutes left in the first half on a layup by senior tri-captain forward Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.), but Trinity scored 13 of the final 20 points before intermission. Bates shot 53.8 percent from the field in the first half to lead, 35-27, at the break, before Trinity battled to take its first lead of the game with 6:22 remaining on back-to-back three pointers by Fels and classmate Brian Ford (Bronx, N.Y.). Trinity maintained its lead until the final form, shooting 54.5 percent from the field and scoring 49 points in the final 20 minutes. Bates was 5-for-8 from long range in the first half, but 2-for-13 in the second half, while Trinity made 10-for-17 from three-point range in the game. The Bobcats were also victimized by a 10 missed free throws in 19 attempts, while Trinity made 24-for-28 from the charity stripe.
Ford finished with 16 points, went 3-for-4 from long range, and grabbed three rebounds, while senior co-captain forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) added 15 points and seven boards, and senior Jared Pimm (Chelmsford, Mass.) scored 10 points for the Bantams. Sophomore forward Adam Skaggs (Framingham, Mass.) paced Trinity on the boards with nine. Ellis led Bates with 15 points and five rebounds, while three different Bobcats added 11 points. Junior forward John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) pulled down a team-high eight boards, distributed three assists, and blocked four shots for Bates.