Springfield, Mass. - After trailing, 32-31 at halftime, the Trinity College men's basketball team outscored the Springfield College Pride, 41-22, in the second half to earn a 72-54 victory on Thursday night at Blake Arena on Springfield's campus. The Bantams improve to 6-2 overall with the victory while Springfield falls for the first time all winter to move to 4-1 on the year. Trinity returns to action on New Year's Eve weekend when they host St. Joseph's (Brooklyn), Regis and Westfield State for the Trinity Holiday Invitational in Hartford.
Sophomore Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) turned in a team-high 17 points off the bench for Trinity on a 6-of-9 shooting performance. Junior Jeremy Arthur (Westbury, N.Y.) added 13 points and five boards while classmate Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) tied a game-high eight rebounds. Springfield was paced by Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) who led all scorers with 20 points to go along with eight rebounds while Trey Witter (Unionville, Conn.) was the only other Springfield player in double-digits with 10 points. The Bantams shot over 49% from the floor and held the Pride to a 29.6% clip in the second half en route to the win. Trinity dominated on the boards, pulling down 41 rebounds to Springfield's 26.
Springfield buried four shots from beyond the arc in the opening 3:48 to storm out to a 12-2 advantage, forcing the the visitors to burn the game's first timeout. The Bantams rallied back into the contest with a 11-1 run over the next four-plus minutes, only to have Springfield return the favor with a 7-0 burst, highlighted by five-straight points from Ross, to make it 20-13 with 11 minutes to play. Trinity took their first lead of the game when sophomore Jadakis Brooks (Elmira, N.Y.) converted in the paint with 6:32 on the clock to make it a 24-22 game, but an inside finish by Springfield's Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) and a deep trifecta from Ross put the Pride back on top. Despite being outrebounded, 24-10 and outscored 26-6 in the paint in the opening 20 minutes, Springfield went into the break with a 32-31 edge.
Trinity raced out to a 44-35 lead just under five minutes into the second half thanks to a 13-3 run, highlighted by back-to-back triples by Arthur and sophomore Christian Porydzy (South Glasonbury, Conn.), followed by a bucket from junior Tim Flynn (Hartford, Conn.). Springfield cut the deficit to 49-40 when Witter buried a triple at the 11:04 mark. Over the next 4:31, Trinity used a 10-0 run, eight of which came from Seretta, to give the visitors a 59-40 advantage. The Bantams lead ballooned to 66-43 following a pair of free throws by Seretta with 4:08 to play, and despite Springfield making a late push and getting within 16 on a fast-break dunk by Ross with 2:06 to go, the visitors held on down the stretch for the win.