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Men's Basketball Weekly Preview

Men's Basketball Weekly Preview

This Week: The Trinity College men's basketball team went 2-1 last week, highlighted by a 73-60 victory over No. 17-ranked Wesleyan University on Friday, to improve to 15-7. The Bantams close out the regular season this weekend with a pair of pivotal New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) road tilts, beginning on Friday at 7 p.m. versus Bates, before a 2 p.m. Sunday showdown in Medford versus Tufts.

Match-ups:
Trinity (15-7) at Bates (11-12)
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Alumni Gymnasium
Lewiston, Maine
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Trinity (15-7) at Tufts (16-7)
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Cousens Gymnasium
Medford, Massachusetts
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History versus Bates: Trinity is 34-13 against the Bobcats in the all-time series, dating back to the winter of 1946-47.

Last meeting against the Bobcats: The Bantams crushed the Bobcats, 80-52, in the first game of this season, played as the first game of the Maine Maritime Tip-Off Tournament. The Bantams went on to win the tournament with a victory over Wheelock College the following day.

History versus Tufts: The Bantams are 43-34 all-time against Tufts, dating back to the first-ever matchup in 1905-06.

Last meeting against the Jumbos: Trinity fell to Tufts last season in a heartbreaker, losing 78-75 in overtime, after erasing a six-point halftime deficit.

Game Notes:
- Trinity is averaging 72.1 points per game while allowing just 64.3 (15th in nation) and holding opponents to a 37.7% shooting clip (5th in nation). The Bantams are averaging 4.3 blocks per contest (4th in NESCAC), 7.4 steals (4th in NESCAC) and pulling down 38.4 rebounds per contest. The Bantams also are the second-best team in the conference when it comes to forcing turnovers (15.3 forced per game) and are fourth in assists (16.4 apg). 

- Senior co-captain Eric Gendron averaged 19.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last week, scoring a season-high 24 points on 9-of-12 from the field versus Eastern Connecticut State. Gendron shot 67.7 percent from the floor (21-for-31), 61.5 percent from long range (8-for-13), and 81.8 percent from the foul line (9-for-11) for the week. The senior leads the team in scoring (11.6 ppg) and is sixth in the NESCAC in assists (3.3 apg) and eighth in free throw shooting percentage (.790). 

- Junior Jeremy Arthur is second on the Bantams this season in scoring (11.5 ppg) while pulling down 4.1 boards per contest. Arthur scored 13 points against Wesleyan on 5-of-7 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, and also added four assists, three rebounds and a pair of blocks. 

- Sophomore Christian Porydzy ranks fourth in the league in assists (3.6 apg) and ninth in steals (1.4 spg). Porydzy is third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.0 points per contest and is shooting over 41% from floor this year. He finished with 13 points and four boards in Trinity's win over Conn College on Sunday.

- Trinity rookie Donald Jorden Jr. finished with his first career double-double against Wesleyan, pouring in 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Jorden played a season-high 22 minutes against the Cardinals and earned his first career start two days later versus the Camels.

- First-year Colin Donovan is second in the NESCAC with a 3.6 assist to turnover ratio. Poryzy also is among the league leaders, checking in at No. 5 (2.6).