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Trinity Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: NESCAC Quarterfinals Versus Colby

Trinity Men's Basketball Weekly Preview: NESCAC Quarterfinals Versus Colby

This Week: The Trinity College men's basketball team closed the regular season last week with a 90-85 road win in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action versus Middlebury. With the win, the Bantams finished the year with a league best 9-1 mark in conference tilts. As the top seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament, Trinity will host eighth-seeded Colby this weekend.

Match-up:
NESCAC Quaterfinals
No. 1 Trinity (19-5, 9-1)
vs. No. 8 Colby (13-11, 4-6)
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Stan Ogrodnik Court inside Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Conn.

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Earlier This Season Versus the Mules: Junior guard Jaquann Starks scored a career-high 25 points off the bench to lead Trinity to an 88-79 win versus Colby in Hartford. Starks was 13-of-14 from the charity stripe in the contest. Two other Bantams scored in double figures as Ed Ogundeko and Shay Ajayi added 13 and 12 points, respectively. The Mules were led offensively by Ryan Jann with a game-high 27 points.

Game Notes:
- Trinity clinched the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the third time in program history and the first time since 2002. The Bantams took the regular season crown by two games as Bowdoin and Bates finished tied for second with a 7-3 record in conference play.
- The team is receiving votes in the latest D3Hoops.com poll. Trinity is one of four NESCAC teams earning votes joining Bates, Amherst and Bowdoin. The Bantams have received votes in the poll six times this winter.
- Starks scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Trinity defeated Middlebury, 90-85, in the regular season finale. The victory was the sixth straight for the Bantams. Starks connected on 2-of-3 shots from beyond the arc and knocked down 6-of-8 from the charity stripe to lead a balanced Trinity attack. The junior guard has scored in double figures in six straight conference games.
- Trinity is 2-0 in overtime games this season and is 7-2 in front of its home crows this season.
- The Bantams ended the regular season second in the conference in scoring defense (63.4 ppg), second in field goal percentage defense (38.6 percent) and second in rebound margin (+8.1). Colby enters the tilt as the top shooting team in the league, knocking down 46.9 percent of their shots this year.
- Since losing at Cortland State in the Cortaca Classic on November 22, Trinity has won 17 of 20 games, highlighted by its current six-game winning streak. During that stretch, the squad have won six games by double figures.
- Once again the balanced Trinity attack saw multiple players score in double figures as five Bantams netted 10 or more points versus the Panthers. Senior tri-captain George Papadeas was a force in the post, knocking down 5-of-7 shots en route to 15 points to go along with a pair of blocks. Junior guard Andrew Hurd scored in double figures for the second straight game as poured in 13 points off the bench, while Ogundeko added 13 and junior guard Rick Naylor scored 11.
- Trinity started the year with back-to-back games scoring at least 80 points for the first time under fifth-year Head Coach James Cosgrove. The last time the Bantams opened a season with two straight games scoring 80 or more points was during the 2004-05 campaign.