Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's basketball team, coached by James Cosgrove (2nd Season), finished the 2011-12 season with an overall record of 10-14 and finsihed ninth in the NESCAC with a 2-8 conference mark.
The Bantams opened the 2011-12 campaign by defending their title in the Golden Bears Hoop Classic with victories over Sage and Western New England. Sophomore Eric Dean (Gilford, N.H.) had 15 points and eight rebounds in the 73-63 championship win over Western New England, and was named tournament MVP, while senior captain center Chris Applegate (High Point, N.C.) joined Dean on the all-tournament squad. Trinity defended a second-straight invitational tournament title with wins over Framingham State and Wheelock in the Harbor Invitational at Mass.-Boston. The rookie trio of guards Varun Ram (Clarksville, Md.) and Carter Trent (Little Rock, Ark.), and center George Papadeas (Athens, Greece) combined for 43 points to lead the Bantams to a 64-47 win over Wheelock College in the championship. Ram was selected as the tournament's MVP and its Bill Shay Award recipient for sportsmanship, while Dean and Ram graced the all-tournament squad. The Bantams closed the 2011 calendar year with wins over Elmira and Westfield State to capture the Trinity Invitational crown, as Ram scored a game-high 24 points and joined Dean on the all-tournament team. A 2-0 start in January was followed by a 1-11 stretch in the second half of the year
Trinity topped the NESCAC defensively with 61.0 points allowed per game (24th in nation), and finished 20th in the nation with a .299 three-point field goal percentage defense. Junior guard Mick DiStasio (Cheverus, Maine) led the league in steals with 1.84 per game, and Dean finished ninth in the NESCAC with 6.6 per contest. Dean, who led the team in scoring at 10.2 ppg, received the Belfiore Award as the team MVP. Applegate (High Point, N.C.) and DiStasio were each selected to the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team, while Applegate represented Trinity men's basketball on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Applegate completed his collegiate career for the Bantams in 2011-12 having helped Trinity reach the NESCAC Semifinals as a junior. He is the 18th player in College history to total more than 500 rebounds in his career (529).