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Second Half Run Powers Men's Basketball Over Hamilton

Ed Ogundeko '17
Ed Ogundeko '17

Clinton, N.Y. - The Trinity College men's basketball team used a 21-0 run late in the second half to pull away from the Hamilton Continentals en route to a 67-53 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win on Friday night at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House in Clinton, N.Y. Trinity improves to 15-8 overall and 6-3 in league play, moving into a tie for third place in the league, while Hamilton loses for the first time in eight games at home, falling to 15-7 on the year and 4-5 in conference action. The Bantams wrap up their conference schedule at nationally ranked No. 13 Middlebury College tomorrow at 3 p.m.

Senior co-captain Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) posted a double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds and blocked three shots for Trinity while junior Eric Gendron (Merrimack, N.H.) dropped in 16 points, senior co-captain Chris Turnbull (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored 12 points and sophomore Jeremy Arthur (Westbury, N.Y.) had nine points with three blocks. Senior guard Langdon Neal (Chicago, Ill.) came away with five steals on the evening as well as the Bantams held a 41-33 advantage on the glass.

For Hamilton, Andrew Groll (Armonk, N.Y.) scored all 14 of his points in the first half and finished with a team-high nine rebounds. Peter Hoffmann (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) chipped in 13 points and two blocked shots, and Jack Dwyer (Monroe, N.Y.) handed out six assists. 

Neither team led by more than four points during the first 14 minutes of the second half, during which there were six ties and seven lead changes. Dwyer gave Hamilton its last lead at 48-46 on a jumper with 7:20 left before the Continentals went five minutes without another point.

Ogundeko started the 21-point spurt with an old-fashioned 3-point play that gave Trinity the lead for good at 49-48 with 7:01 remaining. Gendron followed with two free throws and a layup before Ogundeko converted another 3-point play. A basket in the paint by Turnbull gave the Bantams a 10-point cushion at 58-48 with 5:16 to go.

Ogundeko made a free throw, Gendron canned a jumper and Ogundeko tipped in a Gendron miss before a pair of free throws from Gendron made it 10-straight Trinity possessions that resulted in points. A jumper by Turnbull capped the run and provided the Bantams with a 67-48 advantage with 2:35 left before a layup by Hamilton's Kena Gilmour (New Paltz, N.Y.) finally ended the Continentals' scoring drought with 2:20 remaining.

Gendron scored 14 points in the second half for Trinity while Hamilton shot 23.3 percent from the floor including 1-of-9 from 3-point range and went 6-for-12 at the free-throw line during the final 20 minutes. 

The Continentals scored the first five points in the first half and led the entire opening 20 minutes. A layup by Ogundeko pulled the Bantams within 15-12 midway through the half but Hamilton responded with a 9-2 run and took its largest lead of the night.

Groll, Kyle Pitman (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Hoffmann scored from close range before Ogundeko put back his own miss. Groll then nailed a trifecta and put the Continentals up 24-14 with 6:09 to go. After a layup by Turnbull, Gilmour restored the 10-point cushion on another layup with 5:26 left.

Hamilton still led, 32-25, after another 3-pointer by Groll with just over a minute remaining but Gendron pulled Trinity within five on two free throws with 8 seconds to go. Neal provided a spark for the Bantams going into the break by coming up with a steal and making a desperation heave from just beyond half court at the buzzer which cut Trinity's deficit to 32-30 at the half.