Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Senior co-captain Eric Gendron (Merrimack, N.H.) scored 12 of his game-high 16 points in the second half to help lead the Trinity College men's basketball team from a three-point halftime deficit to a 73-64 victory over the Pine Manor College Gators on Wednesday night in Chestnut Hill. The win moves the Bantams to 12-4 overall while the Gators fall to 7-8 on the year. Trinity returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Long Island to take on St. Joseph's at 3 p.m.
Gendron added four rebounds and four assists along with his 16 points while junior Jeremy Arthur (Westbury, N.Y.) and sophomore Joe Bell (Manchester, N.H.) combined for 26 points with 13 each. Trinity rookie Donald Jorden Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) pulled down a game-high ten rebounds for a Bantam squad that shot 43.1% from the floor on the night.
Pine Manor was led by Steven Collins (Lynn, Mass.) who had 13 points and Ellis Reid (Hartford, Conn.) who finished with 11 of his own. The Gators shot over 41% from beyond the arc but were plagued by 22 turnovers, including 12 in the second half.
Both teams traded blows in the opening part of the first half with the Gators opening up a 22-17 lead on back-to-back buckets by Jamal Hamals (Meriden, Conn.) and Reid. A layup by Arthur preceded a steal and dunk in transition by sophomore Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) as the Bantams cut the deficit to 22-21 at the 6:00 minute mark. With Pine Manor ahead, 29-28, and less than two minutes remaining in the half, Jonathan Higgenbotham (Oakland, Calif.) drilled a three, followed by a jumper by Reid to give the hosts a 34-28 lead. Trinity sophomore Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.), who finished with nine points, answered with a triple in the waning seconds of the half to make it a 34-31 game at the break.
The Gators opened up a 47-40 lead with 14:30 left to go but the Bantams responded with a 9-2 run to tie things at 49-49. From there the two sides went back and forth, as Trinity found itself ahead, 60-58 with 6:22 remaining in the game. A quick 8-0 run, capped off by a three-pointer by Arthur and another steal and dunk by Padmore, made it a double-digit Trinity lead. A pair of free throws from Gendron at the 2:18 mark gave the Bantams a 12-point advantage as they held strong down the stretch to come away with the nine-point victory.