Middletown, Conn. – The visiting Trinity College Bantams scored 10 points in the final 1:14, including the go-ahead bucket by junior tri-captain Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.), to defeat the Wesleyan University Cardinals in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this evening at Silloway Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 14-7 overall and 3-4 in the NESCAC with its third win in a row over the Cardinals, and will host league foe Connecticut College on Sunday at 2 p.m. in its next game. Wesleyan drops to 15-6 overall and 5-3 in the league with its second setback in a row heading into a game on Tuesday at Amherst at 7 p.m.
The game featured 13 lead changes and five ties as it came down to the final minute, with the score even at 67-67. Seretta scored the clincher on a drive, and then combined with fellow junior tri-captain Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) and sophomore Colin Donovan (Westborough, Mass.) to go a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul in the last 25 seconds. Sophomore Austin Hutcherson scored all of his team-high 16 points in the second half.
The Cardinals came out strong, scoring the first five points of the game, and extended their lead to 10 at the 11:14 mark following a layup by Gabe Ravetz. Trinity rallied with a 15-4 run, and a basket by Padmore put the visitors on top for the first time with 5:44 on the clock, 27-26. The Bantams continued to increase their lead down the stretch and a three-pointer by senior tri-captain forward Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) with 33 seconds remaining gave Trinity a 39-32 halftime lead.
Wesleyan opened the second half on a 7-0 run as Hutcherson tied the game at 39-all in the opening minutes. With 15:21 remaining, a long ball by Trinity junior guard Joe Bell (Manchester, N.H.) gave the Bantams a 44-39 lead. Wesleyan went ahead, 49-48, on a Hutcherson dunk at the 13-minute mark. A bucket inside by sophomore Donald Jorden (Tampa, Fl.a) gave Trinity a 61-56 advantage with 5:19 remaining but a 6-0 Cardinal run gave the lead back to the home squad just over two minutes later. with 3:12 left in regulation. Back-to-back layups from Padmore and Jorden gave the Bantams a 67-65 lead with 1:14 to play. Wesleyan's Jordan James made two free throws to even the score, but Seretta's clincher and a Wesleyan turnover were followed by Trinity strong free throw shooting that sealed the win.
Merinder paced Trinity with 12 points, while Jorden finished with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, and Seretta added 11 points. Padmore contributed nine points and six assists, and Bell scored nine points off the Trinity bench. Antone Walker and Jordan Bonner joined Hutcherson in double figuresd in scoring for Wesleyan with 11 and 10 points, respectively, and Walker added a team-high eight rebounds. The teams combined to hoist 48 three-pointers but made only nine between them. Trinity was 14-for-16 from the foul line (875. percent).