Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore Donald Jorden Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds while the Bantams forced 27 Jumbo turnovers as the Trinity College men's basketball team defeated Tufts University, 87-67, on Sunday afternoon in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matinee at Oosting Gymnasium. Before the game, the Bantams honored seniors Judah Woney (Harlem, N.Y.), Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) and Tim Flynn (Hartford, Conn.) as part of Senior Day.
Trinity concludes the regular season with a 17-7 overall record and 6-4 mark in league play while Tufts falls to 11-13 on the year and 4-6 in conference. Trinity, which has already locked up a conference playoff spot, will find out its quarterfinal matchup at the conclusion of the conference schedule on Tuesday night.
Jorden's 20 and 10 marks his eighth double-double this season while three other Bantams finished in double-figures. Junior tri-captain Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) finished with 16 points off the bench to go along with a game-high six assists. Fellow juniors Joe Bell (Manchester, N.H.) and Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.) added 14 and 11 points, respectively, while Jorden also managed to come away with three steals and add a pair of blocks. Flynn finished with four assists while Merinder chipped in six points, two boards and two assists.
Tufts was led by Eric Savage (South Brunswick, N.J.), Luke Rogers (Boxborough, Mass.) and Brennan Morris (East Hempstead, N.H.) who combined for 47 of the team's 67 points. Savage tied a game-high with 20 points while Rogers and Morris tallied 14 and 13, respectively. Rogers pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds for a double-double while tallying three blocks as well.
Both teams pulled down 29 rebounds each and shot over 44% from the floor, however Tufts committed 27 turnovers and allowed Trinity to score 26 points in the paint. Trinity's 24 team assists tie a season-high.
Trinity held the lead for much of the first half, eventually taking a 40-30 lead at the break. A three-pointer by Bell with 5:28 to go before halftime gave Trinity a 31-18 lead as the Bantams held a comfortable double-digit lead for a majority of the final five minutes. A pair of free-throws by Jorden with eight seconds to go gave the hosts a 40-28 advantage but a jump shot from Carson Cohen (Pittsburgh, Pa.) just ahead of the horn cut the deficit to ten.
The Bantams ran away with it in the second half, outscoring the Jumbos, 47-37, and forcing 15 second half turnovers. Trinity took its largest lead of the game with 8:52 left to play when sophomore Colin Donovan (Westborough, Mass.) buried a three off an assist by Porydzy before Savage returned the favor on the opposite end of the floor to make it a 73-50 game. Trinity cruised the rest of the way, never wavering en route to the 20-point victory.