Hartford, Conn. – Senor tri-captain Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Bates College Bobcats to a 72-55 win over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this afternoon on Stan Ogrodnik Court in Ray Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity drops to 8-13 overall and 2-6 in the NESCAC with its third straight loss, while Bates improves to 9-13 overall with a 2-7 league record.
Bates quietly built a 14-point lead in the first half, until Trinity closed the opening stanza with a 4-0 run to head to intermission down ten points, trailing 32-22.
Trinity and Bates exchanged baskets in the earlier stages of the first half, but with 12:56 to play, Brust dealt a blow to the Bantams with a three-pointer to put the Bobcats up 15. Trinity kept fighting, cutting the lead back down to nine with a bucket from freshman Jaquann Starks (Hartford, Conn.) with 7:45 to play, but the Bobcats proved too much, increasing their lead to 21 points on a pair of free throws by sophomore Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine), as the Bobcats sealed the deal by going 11-12 from the line down the stretch.
Bates finished the game 25-29 from the stripe and shot 45 percent from the floor. Senior tri-captain Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Bobcats, while sophomore Alexander Conaway (New Haven, Conn.) and senior captain Mick DiStasio (Yarmouth, Maine) netted 12 points apiece for the Bantams, while Trinity sophomore George Papadeas (Athens, Greece) collected eight points, eight rebounds, and two blocks in the game.