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Trinity Men's Basketball Rides Red-Hot Shooting At Bowdoin For Seventh Win In A Row

Chris Turnbull '17 had 14 points off the bench
Chris Turnbull '17 had 14 points off the bench

Brunswick, Maine - Senior captain forward Shay Ajayi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had 19 points in 19 minutes to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 85-66 win against the Bowdoin College Polar Bears in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this afternoon.  The Bantams improve to 14-4 overall and 5-0 in the NESCAC with their seventh victory in a row, while the Polar Bears fall to 8-7 overall and 1-4 in the league with their third consecutive setback and their third loss in a row to Trinity.

The Bantams never trailed, jumping to a 16-4 lead after the first three minutes thanks to four early three pointers.  Trinity nailed their first six three-point shots and led, 22-10, following a Rick Naylor (Sudbury, Vt.) trifecta with 14:18 left in the opening period.  Bowdoin chipped away at the Bantam lead, rolling off an 8-0 run to close within 22-18 following a Liam Farley jumper with 12:20 in the half.  Trinity responded with a 9-3 run of their own to push the lead back to double figures and closed the opening half on a 7-0 run to take a 51-31 lead at the break.

Trinity went scoreless for the first four minutes of the second period but Bowdoin couldn't take advantage.  The Bantams found their footing and used an 8-2 run to push the lead back to 20 points with under 15 minutes to play.  Trinity extended the lead to as many as 26 points in the second half.  Trinity shot 60% from three-point range (12-20) in the game to spearhead the attack.  Ajayi was 3-for-3 from long-distance and also grabbed six rebounds, while junior Chris Turnbull (Ridgewood, N.J.) contributed 14 off the bench for the Bantams.  Bowdoin was paced by 14 from Lucas Hausman while Jack Simonds pitched in 11 and Neil Fuller added 10 with a game-high 12 rebounds.