Hartford, Conn. - Five players scored in double-digits to help lead the Trinity College Bantams to a hard fought, 91-79 victory over the Pine Manor Gators on Wednesday night at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 12-5 on the year while the Gators fall to 4-12. The Bantams return to action on Saturday for a non-conference matchup against St. Joseph's (L.I.).
Trinity was led in scoring by Joseph Bell (Manchester, N.H.) who posted a career-high 24 points to go along with four rebounds and two steals. Junior tri-captains Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) and Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) and senior tri-captain Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) each finished with 13 points apiece while sophomore Donald Jorden Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) rounded out Trinity's double-digit scorers with 11 points. Jorden also finished with 12 rebounds for a double-double as well as four blocks, while Padmore added seven boards.
Pine Manor was paced by Shaun Miller (Hyde Park, Mass.) who had 18 points while Sayvonn Houston (Brockton, Mass.) finished with 13 and seven rebounds. Jamel Hamans (Meriden, Conn.), Rasheed Bell (Dorchester, Mass.) and Carlos Martins (Boston, Mass.) each finished in double-figures for the Gators as well.
The first half went back and forth as Trinity took a one-point lead into the half. The Bantams opened up a 25-21 lead with 7:21 remaining to go in the opening half before a 5-0 run featuring a three by Miller and a jumper by Martins gave Pine Manor a 26-25 lead. Martins followed with another jump shot at the 4:54 mark to open up a three-point lead before an old-fashioned three point play by Jorden tied things at 28-28. Trinity jumped out to a five-point lead with 1:38 left to play on a triple by Seretta but the Gators kept chipping away, cutting the deficit to 39-38 at the half.
Trinity outscored the Gators, 52-41 in the second half but Pine Manor did not make it easy for the home team. Bell scored 17 of his 24 points in the second half as Trinity shot 14-of-28 from the floor, including 8-for-12 from beyond the arc. The Gators kept within striking distance for a majority of the half, cutting what was a ten point game to 76-70 on a triple from Miller at the 4:05 mark, but a quick 8-0 run by Trinity opened up its largest lead of the game, 84-70, with 2:09 to go. The Bantams pulled away down the stretch to escape with an 11-point victory.