Patchogue, N.Y. - The Trinity College men's basketball team held the St. Joseph's (L.I.) Eagles to just 30 points in a 52-30 victory on Saturday afternoon at the Danzi Center on Long Island. The Bantams improve to 13-4 overall while the Eagles fall to 3-12 on the year. Trinity returns to action on Friday for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) showdown at home versus Williams College.
The Bantams were led by sophomore Joe Bell (Manchester, N.H.), who tied a game-high 10 points, and junior Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.), who added nine points and a team-high six rebounds. Rookie Donald Jorden Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) chipped in seven points and five rebounds off the bench for a Trinity squad that held St. Joseph's to just 22.2% from the floor.
For St. Joseph's, senior Mike Harris (Holbrook, N.Y.) recorded a game-best 10 points and was credited with three rebounds. Classmate Isaiah Moore (North Babylon, N.Y.) went for six points and five rebounds and fellow senior Jarred Marrow (Amityville, N.Y.) grabbed a team-high six boards.
A low-scoring first half yielded just 39 total points split 24-15 in favor of the Bantams. In the second half, the Eagles came within six points when Eddie Higgins (Bellmore, N.Y.) converted on a layup with 12:26 to play, but it would be the closest they would come as Trinity held strong down the stretch.
The Bantams also held statistical advantages in rebounds, 44-32, and points in the paint, 16-6, while forcing 12 St. Joseph's turnovers.