Boston, Mass. - Junior center Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was a force in side with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocked shots to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to a 77-54 victory over the University of Massachusetts-Boston Beacons in the Harbor Invitational Men's Basketball Tournament Finals this afternoon at Clark Athletic Center. Trinity, ranked No. 12 in the nation, improves to 3-1 with its win in a row, while the Beacons drop to 3-2. Ogundeko was named as the tournament MVP and senior captain guard Jaquann Starks joined him on the all-tournament squad from the Bantams. Trinity won its fourth Harbor Invitational crown and its third in the last six seasons, having taken home the title in 1995, 2010, and 2011.
The Bantams jumped all over the Beacons right out of the gate, taking a 15-2 lead 3:08 into the contest thanks largely to eight early points by Starks. Trinity held its double-digit lead until a lay-up by Kevin Louis-Jean cut the Bantam advantage to 34-26 with 3:50 left in the first half. Trinity rookie guard Paul Colson (Baldwin, N.Y.) drilled a three-pointer with four seconds on the clock to give the visitors a 41-30 lead at the break.
Mass.-Boston hung around early in the second half, and Trinity led, 51-44, with 12:41 remaining in the game on a long ball by Qadry Allen. The Bantams erupted with a 12-0 run over the next six minutes to blow the game open. Trinity's stifling defense held the Beacons to 29.4 percent field-goal shooting and five three-pointers in 20 attempts. Senior captains Shay Ajayi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Andrew Hurd (Windsor, Conn.) grabbed 11 boards and dished six assists, respectively, to assist the Trinity cause. Allen had 15 points for the Beacons and made the all-tournament squad with teammate Maurice Magras.