Dartmouth, Mass. – The Trinity College men's basketball team fell to Southern Vermont, 83-80, on a three-pointer by Mountaineer senior Nate Goldsmith (Capitol Heights, Md.) with six seconds left in overtime on Saturday evening in Dartmouth, Mass. The Bantams start the season 0-2 after falling last night in overtime in the season opener while Southern Vermont improves to 1-2 on the year.
Trinity was led by senior co-captains Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Chris Turnbull (Ridgewood, N.J.) who scored 25 and 15 points, respectively. Ogundeko's 25 matches his career high that he set in last night's contest while he also led all players with 16 rebounds. Trinity freshman Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) added 11 points and five rebounds for the Bantams while Goldsmith led the Mountaineers with 25 points and teammate Rayshawn Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.) dropped in 24 of his own.
First-half turnovers plagued the Bantams but the Mountaineers found themselves in foul trouble which sent Trinity to the line 20 times in the half. Southern Vermont took a 28-18 lead at the 10:02 mark on a bucket by Taylor which prompted Trinity to take a timeout. Out of the timeout, a pair of free-throws by Bantam sophomore Jeremy Arthur (Westbury, N.Y.) cut the deficit to eight but a Mountaineer three-pointer by Davante Jordan (New York City, N.Y.) reclaimed a double-digit lead for Southern Vermont. Down 33-25, Seretta picked off an errant Mountaineer pass and took it coast-to-coast for the bucket to cut the deficit to six with 5:08 to play. Southern Vermont was whistled for a loose ball foul on the ensuing possession which sent Ogundeko to the free-throw line where the captain converted both to cut the Mountaineer lead to four. Senior guard Langdon Neal (Chicago, Ill.) drove to the bucket for a layup before free throws by Seretta tied the game at 33-33 with 3:25 to play in the half. Both teams traded blows before another pair of Ogundeko free-throws with just over a minute left put Trinity up three, 40-37. Ogundeko led all players at the half with 17 points as the Bantams found themselves down 42-41 at the break.
The Bantams opened up the second half on a 7-2 run behind buckets by Ogundeko and a three-pointer by Turnbull. A few minutes later, with the shot clock at two, freshman Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) drilled a three-pointer to open up an eight-point advantage for the Bantams. The Mountaineers climbed back to tie it on back-to-back three-point plays Goldsmith and Taylor at the 11:11 mark in the second stanza. Taylor later drilled a three with just under eight minutes to go to give Southern Vermont a 62-60 lead, its first of the half.
Down 66-64 with less than five minutes to play, Trinity sophomore guard Paul Colson (Baldwin, N.Y.) picked off an errant Mountaineer pass which led to a layup by Seretta in transition. Colson then drove to the hoop on the following possession and scored on a layup to take a two-point lead but a quick 5-0 run by Southern Vermont put the Mountaineers up 71-68 with 2:35 to play. Moments later, Colson came up clutch as he drilled a three-pointer to tie things at 73-73 with 1:08 left on the clock, however neither team could break the tie in the remaining minute which meant overtime.
Taylor hit two free throws to open up a 77-74 Southern Vermont lead with under three minutes to play in the extra session before a layup by Goldsmith made it a five-point deficit for the Bantams. Turnbull responded with a three-pointer to cut the lead back to two with 1:33 to play. Southern Vermont, up three with less than a minute to go, turned the ball over which gave way to a three-point play by Neal to tie the game, 80-80. Southern Vermont inbounded the ball with 24 seconds left on the clock and Goldsmith came up big for the Mountaineers, drilling a three with six seconds to play before Trinity called a timeout to draw up one last play to try and tie it. Colson took it the length of the floor and put up a three, but his shot rimmed out as the Bantams fell, 83-80.
Goldsmith and Ogundeko were each named to the all-tournament team after the game. The Bantams return to action Tuesday when they travel to Elms College for an 8 p.m. tip off.