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Trinity Men's Basketball Suffers Tough Loss At Merchant Marine

Alex Conaway '15 scored a team-high 14 points
Alex Conaway '15 scored a team-high 14 points

Kings Point, N.Y. - Preston Padgett (Leavenworth, Kansas) grabbed an offensive rebound, got fouled, and made two free throws with 27.9 seconds left to break a 64-64 tie and send the United States Merchant Marine Academy to a 68-66 win over the visiting Trinity College Bantams this evening inside O'Hara Hall.   Trinity drops to 9-6.  The Mariners snapped a four game losing streak, overcoming an 11-point deficit with 12:44 remaining in regulation to improve to 6-8. 

Junior forward Alex Conaway (New Haven, Conn.) anchored the Bantam offense with 14 points while junior co-captain center George Papadeas (Athens, Greece) totaled eight points and 13 rebounds.  Trinity shot 21.4 percent (3-14) from downtown and 53.6 percent (15-28)at the free throw line.  The Marinerrs made just 17-of-34 (50%) from the charity stripe.  Padgett scored a game high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Nick Sergio (Patchogue, N.Y.) added a 15-point, 11-rebound performance. 

Trinity engineered a 16-4 run over 6:30 minutes early in the second half to open up a 48-37 cushion on a Rick Naylor (Sudbury, Vt.)  jump shot. Merchant Marine came back with a 12-3 run and knotted the score at 57-57 with 5:08 on the clock.  The Bantams grabbed a 64-62 edge on a Papadeas layup through traffic, but Merchant Marine tied it with 31 seconds to play when Hunter Jones (Goodyear, Ariz.) and David Smith (LAkewood, Wash.) each made a free throw.  Following Padgett's free throws, Zach Karczewski (Austin, Texas) made a steal and converted both free throws, before Trinity sophomore guard Jaquann Starks (Hartford, Conn.) answered by knocking down a jumper with one second to go.  The Mariners inbounded the ball quickly and the horn sounded.