Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's basketball team crushed the St. Joseph's (L.I.) Golden Eagles in a 92-38 victory on Saturday afternoon in non-conference men's hoops action at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 13-5 overall while St. Joseph's falls to 4-12 on the year with the loss.
Trinity shot 61.3% from the floor in the victory including a 12-for-24 mark from distance. The Bantams won the rebound battle, 47-22, and assisted on 24 of the team's 38 made field goals. Senior tri-captain Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) led all players with 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting, highlighted by a 5-of-6 day from beyond the arc. Merinder also had four boards as well. Junior Joseph Bell (Manchester, N.H.) added 12 points and a pair of steals for the Bantams off the bench while sophomore Donald Jorden Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Rookie guard Anthony Kelley (Springfield, Mass.) continued his strong play in the backcourt, finishing with six points, a team-high eight rebounds and seven assists off the bench, while sophomore Francis Uzorh (Lagos, Nigeria) finished with a career-high three blocks and six rebounds.
St. Joseph's was led by Doug Niblock (Bayport, N.Y.) who had 11 points and Matthew Hirdt (Miller Place, N.Y.) who added ten points and nine rebounds. Trinity held the Golden Eagles to a dismal 24.2% clip from the floor and took a commanding, 45-14 lead at the half.
The Bantams return to action on Friday when they travel to Williams College for a 7 p.m. New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) showdown with the No. 3-ranked Ephs.