Hartford, Conn. - After trailing, 36-33, at the half, the Trinity College men's basketball team outscored the Pine Manor Gators, 50-29, in the second half en route to an 83-65 victory on Friday afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium in Hartford. The win propels Trinity to 8-4 overall with its first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) game of the season, this Sunday, now in the focus. Pine Manor falls to 7-5 on the year with the loss.
Trinity was led by senior co-captains Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Chris Turnbull (Ridgewood, N.J.) but it was a big second half from sophomore Jeremy Arthur (Westbury, N.Y.) that ignited the Bantams before cruising to the 18-point lead. Ogundeko led all players with 24 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks while Turnbull added 18 points, four rebounds and two blocks of his own. Arthur, who had a quiet first half with just one bucket, exploded for 14 second-half points including back-to-back three pointers near the seven-minute mark which opened up a 12-point lead for the hosts. Junior guard Taverick Roberson (Pittsfield, Mass.) paced the Gators with 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting while rookie Rasheed Bell (Boston, Mass.) and sophomore Ellis Reid (Hartford, Conn.) tallied 14 and 12 points, respectively, but a stingy Trinity defense limited Pine Manor's scoring chances in the second half as the Gators shot just over 35% from the field and were out-rebounded 20-9 in the final 20 minutes.
Both teams traded blows early in the first half before the Bantams took a 17-14 lead after consecutive buckets by sophomore Paul Colson (Baldwin, N.Y.) and Ogundeko with 10 minutes to go. Three points was as many as Trinity led by before the Gators used a 10-0 run, thanks largely in part to two straight threes by Bell to open up a 36-29 lead with less than two minutes to go. Arthur scored his lone first half bucket to end Trinity's scoring drought, followed by a layup from Ogundeko, as Pine Manor entered the locker room clinging to a 36-33 lead.
The Gators went up by seven to open the second frame as Reid quickly scored two buckets before Arthur responded with five of his own to cut the deficit to two. A steal by first-year Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) then prompted a layup by senior Langdon Neal (Chicago, Ill.) which tied the game at 40. Down four, Bell converted a layup to make it a 52-50 game in favor of Trinity with 10:15 to play, but Bantam rookie Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) returned the favor with a layup of his own to reclaim a four-point lead. Out of a timeout, Turnbull cut to the hoop and made a layup before two straight three-pointers by Arthur, followed by a free-throw of his, opened up a 63-50 lead with 6:44 to go. Reid made a bucket in the paint to shortly thereafter end Trinity's run, but a jump-shot by Turnbull and a pair of free-throws by Ogundeko kept the lead at double-digits, which remained the case for the rest of the game.
Trinity returns to action on Sunday as the travel to Williams for both teams' first conference action of the winter. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.