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Men's Basketball Knocks Off King's College, 59-52

Kyle Padmore '20 scored seven points off the bench in the Bantams victory
Kyle Padmore '20 scored seven points off the bench in the Bantams victory

Ogundeko Scored 1,000th Career Point For Bantams

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. - Senior point guard Langdon Neal (Chicago, Ill.) scored a game-high 14 points and collected four steals en route to being named to the Monarch Classic All-Tournament team as the Trinity College men's basketball team defeated the King's College Monarchs, 59-52, on Saturday afternoon. Trinity closes out the fall semester of its schedule with a 5-4 record while the loss bumps King's to 4-4 overall. Trinity senior co-captain F/C Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored his 1,000th career point with his first bucket of the day, making him the 29th Bantams to achieve the milestone.

The Bantams shot 45.5 percent from the floor while holding the Monarchs to just a 36.4 percent shooting performance. Trinity also took advantage of 23 Monarch turnovers as they scored 25 points off the free possessions. Junior Eric Gendron (Merrimack, N.H.), sophomore Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.), and rookie Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) all added seven points while Merinder chipped in five rebounds. King's was led by Dan Rutecki (Springfield, Pa.) and Connor Callejas (Archibald, Pa.) who scored 12 and 13 points, respectively. 

Neal and Ogundeko led the charge in the first half with six points each for Trinity in a half where both teams shot under 40 percent from the field. Both team's defenses stepped up for the first 20 minutes as the Bantams were the only team to score in the last 3:23 of the half. 

Back-to-back buckets by sophomores Jeremy Arthur (Westbury, N.Y.) and Paul Colson (Baldwin, N.Y.) opened up a ten-point lead for Trinity with 5:51 to play, a lead they would not relinquish. Derek Wilkins (Dushore, Pa.) nailed a jump shot with 45 seconds to play to cut it to a seven-point lead but Trinity held strong and kept King's off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game. 

Trinity returns to action on New Year's Eve weekend when they host St. Joseph's (L.I.), Eastern Connecticut and Manhattanville for the Trinity Holiday Invitational in Hartford.

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