Middlebury, Vt. - The Trinity College men's basketball team dropped a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup to Middlebury College, 75-38, on Sunday afternoon at Pepin Gymnasium in Vermont. The Bantams fall to 13-7 overall and 2-4 in conference play while the Panthers improve to 15-5 on the year and 4-2 in league play. Trinity returns to action on Friday for a 7 p.m. tilt at Wesleyan.
Sophomore Donald Jorden Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) led the Bantams with 11 points, while senior tri-captain Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) had eight points and five rebounds. Junior tri-captain Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) ended the game with a team-high six rebounds, while fellow junior tri-captain Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) recorded three blocks.
Max Bosco paced the balanced Panther output with 15 points and five assists, while Matt Folger added a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a game-best four blocked shots and three steals. Eric McCord and Griffin Kornaker chipped in with nine points apiece, while Jack Farrell and Joey Leighton each tacked on eight points.
Ahead 15-12 with exactly 10:00 left in the opening half, the Panthers rattled off the next 16 points for a 31-12 lead. Middlebury held Trinity without a point for a stretch of 9:40, limiting the Bantams to 0-11 shooting from the floor and three turnovers during the span. Jorden ended the scoreless streak for the visitors on a three-point play with 20 seconds left before the halftime break, pulling the Bantams to within 16. The hosts answered when McCord cashed in a three-point opportunity of his own, sending Middlebury to halftime ahead, 34-15.
Following halftime, the Panthers started the stanza on a 19-2 run, grabbing a 53-17 advantage on a three-point field goal from Leighton with 14:03 left. Middlebury maintained a 30-plus point lead over the remainder of the contest, increasing the advantage to as many as 37 on a dunk by Alex Sobel with 1:33 remaining and cruised to the win.