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Trinity Men's Basketball Win Streak Stopped At Four With Setback At Wesleyan

Jeremy Arthur '19 had six points and four rebounds
Jeremy Arthur '19 had six points and four rebounds

Middletown, Conn. - Senior Joseph Kuo recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Wesleyan University men's basketball team held on to defeat the state rival Trinity College Bantams in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball contest this afternoon, 65-61.  Trinity falls to 10-6 overall and 2-1 in the league with its first loss in five games, while Wesleyan improves to 13-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference with its second victory in as many days.

Wesleyan came out hot to start the game and jumped out to a 10-2 lead in just 3:14 of play.
The Bantams responded with a 6-0 run, but Wesleyan scored four straight to regain a double-digit lead.  Trailing 32-21 with 1:06 to play in the half, a three from sophomore Jeremy Arthur (Westbury, N.Y.) followed by a jumper from senior guard Langdon Neal (Chicago, Ill.) right before the clock expired cut Trinity's deficit to six at the half, 32-26.

The final 20 minutes of regulation went back-and-forth throughout, with neither team able to pull away.  Trinity got within three early in the second half following a lay-up from senior co-captain Chris Turnbull (Trumbull, Conn.) at the 17:28 mark.  Senior Harry Rafferty hit two three-pointers just over a minute apart to lift Wesleyan back up by eight, 45-37 with 12:14 to play in regulation.  Bantam senior co-captain Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) cut the deficit to three once again at the 6:56 mark, but a three-pointer and a steal and fast break lay-up by Nathan Krill gave the Cardinals another eight-point advantage at 52-44 with 5:50 remaining.  Turnbull scored 10 points for Trinity in the final 2:13 of play to get the Bantams within two, however, just :00.5 remained on the clock as Salim Green sealed the victory at the line shortly after.

Trinity was led by Ogundeko's 17 points and Turnbull's 13. Ogundeko also corralled a team-high eight rebounds, while Turnbull grabbed six.  Neal notched six points, six rebounds, and three steals.  Despite a very competitive game, Saturday's contest featured zero ties and zero lead changes.Rafferty scored a game-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, Green scored 12 points and Kevin O'Brien pulled in a career-high 11 rebounds, dished out a game-high four assists and recorded two steals, while scoring seven points.