Hartford, Conn. – Junior tri-captain Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) scored 10 of his team-high 14 points in the second half to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 69-52 win over the visiting Springfield College Pride in men's basketball action this evening at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 6-2 with its third victory in a row and its third-consecutive double-digit victory over Springfield. The Pride loses for the fourth time in a row, dropping to 2-4. Trinity will host Clarkson on Saturday at 3 p.m. in its next game, while Springfield hosts No. 2-ranked Williams the same day at the same time.
The stifling Trinity defense held Springfield to a 28.8 field-goal percentage and just six three-pointers in 24 tries for the game, while forcing four shot-clock violations. The Bantams sunk 56.7 percent of its own shots in the second half to pull away after a close first session. Leading, 29-28, at the break, the Bantams scored 16 of the first 20 points in the second stanza to go ahead, 45-32, with 14:11 remaining. Trinity junior guard Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.) scored eight points during the 16-4 run. Springfield got within single digits for the last time at 47-39 on a jumper by junior forward Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) with 11:17 on the clock, but Trinity junior guard Joe Bell (Manchester, N.H.) answered with a three-pointer and the result was never in doubt the rest of the way.
The first half was closely contested with neither squad leading by more than five points at any point. Trinity rookie guard Anthony Kelley (Springfield, Mass.) scored on a drive to put the home team ahead, 19-14, with 8:42 left before the break, but the Pride used a 14-4 run to lead, 28-23, with 2:16 left. Springfield junior Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) had eight of the 14 points. Trinity scored the final six points of the first half and took a 29-28 advantage into the locker room thanks to a Kelley drive inside the final minute.
Trinity senior tri-captain forward Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) and Porydzy joined Seretta in double figures in scoring for Trinity with 13 points each, while Merinder added a game-high nine rebounds, and Porydzy also notched four rebounds and four assists. Trinity's bench was productive with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists coming from junior Jadikas Brooks (Elmira, N.Y.), sophomore Colin Donovan (Westborough, Mass.), and Kelley (six assists). Post finished with a game-high 18 points to go with seven rebounds, while Ross added 14 points and seven boards for the Pride. Springfield senior center Kevin Durkin (Worcester, Mass.) stood tall with five rebounds and three blocked shots.