Williamstown, Mass. - Senior co-captain Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Bantams with 15 points and a career-high 23 rebounds as the Trinity College men's basketball team edged the Williams College Ephs, 65-63, in Trinity's New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opener on Sunday afternoon. The Bantams improve to 9-5 overall and start league play 1-0 while the Ephs fall to 11-3 on the year and 0-2 in conference action.
Ogundeko's 23 boards are the third-most ever by a Trinity player in a single game and the highest total since 1990. Classmate and fellow co-captain Chris Turnbull (Ridgewood, N.J.) added 13 points and five rebounds while sophomore Jeremy Arthur (Westbury, N.Y.) finished with 11 points and a team-high four assists. Trinity shot just 33% from the floor but took advantage of 14 Eph turnovers, turning them into 22 points. For Williams, Bobby Casey (Scranton, Pa.), Daniel Aronowitz (Columbus, Ohio) and Matthew Karpowicz (Wellesley, Mass.) all scored in double-figures with Casey leading the way with a game-high 21 points.
Arthur and first-year Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) led the Bantams with nine and eight points, respectively, in the first half despite Williams entering the locker room with a one-point advantage. Both teams traded blows but neither managed to pull away in the first 20 minutes. Williams jumped out to a 34-31 lead with less than 20 seconds to go in the first half on a shot by Kyle Scadlock (Twinsville, Ohio), but Arthur nailed a jumper at the horn to make it a one-point game at the break.
After a Williams bucket to open the second half, Turnbull scored eight straight points for Trinity to open a six-point lead for the Bantams and force an Ephs timeout. The teams traded buckets until Turnbull hit from beyond the arc to give the visitors a seven-point advantage. Williams came roaring back however, taking a three-point lead on a three-pointer by Aronowitz with 8:55 to play. Trinity sophomore Paul Colson (Baldwin, N.Y.) answered with a three of his own to re-tie the game at 54-54 before back-to-back buckets by Ogundeko gave the Bantams back a four-point lead. Junior Eric Gendron (Merrimack, N.H.) put Trinity up 60-54 with 3:28 to play but Williams didn't go down without a fight. Up two with under a minute to play, Colson missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 but Ogundeko pulled down the offensive board which forced Williams to foul once again as Colson converted both free-throws the second time around. After three free throws by Casey made it a one-point deficit with three seconds to go, Trinity senior Langdon Neal (Chicago, Ill.) made a free-throw to give Trinity a 65-63 lead before a last second, full court heave by Aronowitz missed everything to end the game.
Trinity returns to action on Friday as they travel to in-state conference foe Connecticut College for a 7 p.m. game.