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Trinity Dumps Dean In Hockenbury Men's Basketball Classic Opener

Donald Jorden '21 scored 16 points and grabbed an absurd 27 boards
Donald Jorden '21 scored 16 points and grabbed an absurd 27 boards

Northfield, Vt. - Junior Colin Donovan (Westborough, Mass.) scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Trinity College Bantams to an 88-67 win over the Dean College Bulldogs in the opening round of the Ed Hockenbury Men's Basketball Classic at Norwich University this evening.  Trinity improves to 5-4 and will face the host Norwich Cadets in the finals tomorrow at 3 p.m.  The Bulldogs, now 2-8 after eight straight losses, will play for third place against the University of Maine-Augusta tomorrow. The Cadets downed Maine-Augusta, 88-64, in the other first-round game today.  Donovan sank six of 13 three-point attempts, while junior forward Donald Jorden (Tampa, Fla.) matched the entire Dean squad with 27 rebounds, three shy of a school record.

Donovan and senior teammate Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.) scored the first 11 Trinity points to help the Bantams turn a 5-0 deficit into an 11-8 lead 3:28 into the game.  Jordan Booker gave the Bulldogs a 21-17 advantage at the 10:51 mark of the first half, but treys by Porydzy and Donovan sandwiched around a bucket inside by junior forward Donald Jorden (Tampa, Fla.) accounted for an 8-0 run that put Trinity back ahead, 37-28, with 1:59 on the clock.  First-year guard Steven Lora (North Providence, R.I.) hit a trey for the Bantams as time expired to make the score, 42-34, in the Bantams' favor. 

In the second half, Trinity extended its advantage to double digits at 53-42 on a Jorden layup with 16:18 on the clock, but Dean fought back and trailed by just six at 64-58 on a traditional three-pointer by Jordan Lynch-Rexroth midway through the second stanza.  Trinity scored the next seven points, five by Donovan, pushing its lead above 10 at 71-58 moments later, and cruised from there. 

The Bantams connected in 14 three-pointers and outrebounded the Bulldogs, 57-27, to offset 18 turnovers.  Four Bantam finished in double figures in scoring, as Porydzy and Jorden had 16 apiece, and senior tri-captain Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) scored 15 points to join Donovan in double digits.  Padmore also dished out five assists.  Traijan Powell scored a team-high 15 points, while Booker notched 11 points, nine boards, and seven assists for Dean.