Hartford, Conn. - With 3.5 seconds left in a 60-60 game, Bantam rookie Anthony Kelley (Springfield, Mass.) took an inbounds pass from halfcourt, drove all the way to the hoop and dropped in a layup as time expired to lift the Trinity College men's basketball team to a 62-60 victory over the Colby College Mules in a wild New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) battle at Oosting Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon. The Bantams improve to 11-5 on the year and 2-2 in the league while Colby falls to 11-4 overall and 1-2 in NESCAC play.
Kelley's game-winner capped off a hectic final 1:30 that saw two lead changes and two ties. After finding itself down by as many as 13 in the first half, Trinity went ahead 54-51 with 2:50 left to play after sophomore Donald Jorden Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) pulled down an offensive rebound and converted a layup. A jumper by Ty Williams (North Branford, Conn.) followed by a three-pointer by Ronan Schwarz (Brookline, Mass.) put the Mules ahead, 56-54 with just over a minute left to go. Out of a Bantam timeout, the home team responded when junior Joe Bell (Manchester, N.H.) made a layup and was fouled on the shot, giving him an old-fashioned three point play which he made good on to put Trinity back ahead, 57-56.
Colby kept its composure and returned the score as Schwarz sank a tough bucket down low with 47 seconds left to give Colby a one-point lead. On the other end of the floor, Trinity junior tri-captain Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) missed what would have been the go-ahead bucket, however he battled for the offensive rebound and dished the ball to a wide open Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.) who buried second triple of the afternoon to put Trinity up, 60-58 with 20 seconds left and send Oosting into a frenzy.
On the opposite end of the floor, Colby missed a three-pointer but gathered the rebound which led to another three-point attempt, this one by Alex Dorion (Needham, Mass.). Dorion missed the shot with seven seconds showing on the clock, but was fouled on the attempt which gave the Mules three free throws and a chance to take a one-point lead. Dorion made good on the first two shots from the charity stripe to tie the game 60-60, before Trinity called a timeout to set up one last play ahead of Dorion's third free-throw.
Kelley checked into the game for Trinity during the timeout as both teams lined up for the final free-throw. Dorion hit front iron on the attempt which was rebounded by Porydzy before having the ball knocked out of bounds near midcourt. Padmore inbounded to Kelley who raced down the lane with time winding down. Kelley went up for the layup with a second left, drawing two Mule defenders in the air, but the first-year rose above them and got the shot to fall as the final horn sounded and the Trinity bench mobbed the Springfield native underneath the basket.
Trinity was led in scoring by Bell who finished with 15 points and six boards while Jorden Jr. added 13 points and nine rebounds. Porydzy and Padmore both finished with eight points for a Bantam squad that shot 44.1% from the floor and 50% from downtown despite an ugly start to the first half. Colby was paced by Schwarz and Dorion who both turned in 17 point efforts while Wallace Tucker (Atlanta, Ga.) also finished in double-figures with ten points. The Mules went 12-of-28 from beyond the arc but were held to just 8-of-20 from the floor in the second half.
Colby opened the game on a 10-0 run before a Bantam bucket by Jorden Jr. nearly five minutes into the opening frame ended the run. The visitors took their largest lead of the game, 19-6, at the 12:13 mark, but proceeded to go without a score for nearly five minutes. Trinity took advantage, battling back to eventually take the lead late in the half, however Colby maintained the lead at the half, 35-34.
The Bantams return to play on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a non-conference matchup versus Pine Manor.