Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's basketball team forced 15 turnovers and limited the Colby College Mules to just 19 first half points en route to a 65-56 victory on Friday night in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action at Oosting Gymnasium in Hartford. The win moves Trinity to 11-6 overall and into a tie for second place in the league with a 3-1 conference record while Colby falls to 7-8 on the year and remains winless in NESCAC action.
The Bantams were led in scoring by junior Eric Gendron (Merrimack, N.H.) who scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including three three-pointers. Senior co-captain Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 14 points and seven rebounds despite being hampered by foul trouble for much of the second half, while classmate and fellow co-captain Chris Turnbull (Ridgewood, N.J.) chipped in 13 points. Senior guard Langdon Neal (Chicago, Ill.) was all over the place for Trinity tonight, scoring nine points while leading the team with five assists, four steals and a block to go along with six boards. The Mules struggled to get a rhythm going on offense as the Bantams defense came away with nine steals and won the rebound battle, 32-23. Colby was paced by rookie guard Ethan Schlager (Washington, D.C.) who had a game-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting while senior Joe Connelly (Brookine, Mass.) added seven points and five rebounds.
Colby opened the game with a layup from senior captain Patrick Stewart (Bangor, Maine) to take a 2-0 lead but did not score again until the 10:15 mark in the first half. Three straight threes by Trinity, one by Gendron followed by two from Turnbull, put the hosts up 9-2 in less than three minutes as part of a 20-2 run to start the game. Stewart hit the front end of a pair of free throws to end the scoring drought at the 10:15 mark however Trinity did not let its foot off the gas. A pair of free throws by sophomore Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) with three minutes to play in the openeing stanza opened up a 20-point lead for the Bantams before a layup by Arthur with seven seconds left in the half gave Trinity a 40-19 lead heading into the break.
Gendron hit a three-ball out of the break to give Trinity its largest lead of the game at 43-19, however Colby remained resilient. The Bantams took a 58-37 lead on a layup by Ogundeko with 9:59 to play but Colby answered with a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 11 with 5:54 remaining. Despite the four minute stretch without a score, the Bantams defense kept the game at arms length as they held onto a 14-point lead with under two minutes to play. A three from Devaughn Riley (Dorchester, Mass.) made it 65-54 game but with just 53 seconds to go, Trinity's lead proved to be too much for a Colby comeback as the Bantams came away with the victory.
Trinity returns to action tomorrow when it hosts the Bowdoin College Polar Bears at 3 p.m.