Medford, Mass. - The visitig Trinity College Bantams took down the Tufts University Jumbos, 64-54, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this afternoon at Cousens Gym. Trinity goes to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the NESCAC. Tufts falls to 7-8 overall and 0-3 in the league.
Tufts held a one-point lead at halftime, 30-29, but Trinity had the largest advantage of the half at seven, 19-12. A pair of three-pointers by Tufts first-year guard Tarik Smith (Bronx, N.Y.) sparked the rally back to within one at 25-24 with 3:21 remaining in the half. The first half ended with a pair of free throws by Trinity freshman guard Brian Horn (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.). Tufts shot 41% (12-29) in the first 20 minutes and Trinity shot 33% (10-30).
Freshman center Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored the first four points of the second half for Trinity to put the Bantams up, 33-30, and the visitors led the rest of the day. After ties at 33 and 35, Trinity grabbed the lead for good on a layup by junior forward Alex Conaway (New Haven, Conn.) at the 15:59 mark. The Bantams led by as many as 11 at 51-40 in the second half. The Jumbos went on an 8-0 run and Trinity led by three, 55-52, with 3:56 to play. Sophomore forward Shay Ajayi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored five points in the final minutes to help lock up the Trinity win.
Three Bantams scored in double digits, led by Ajayi's 14 points. Conaway and Ogundeko finished with 12 points each. Conaway also grabbed nine rebounds. Junior center George Papadeas (Athens, Greece) had a game-high 13 rebounds off the bench. Trinity out-rebounded Tufts, 48-34.