Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men’s basketball program trailed by just one after the opening 20 minutes, but a 44-point second half propelled the Bantams to an 80-60 victory over Manhattanville in the A.J. Buchanan Classic Saturday afternoon. The Bantams (3-2) got back over .500 on the season, winning its second-consecutive game by 20 points.
Additionally, two players on the team received awards from the tournament for their performances; senior Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) was named tournament MVP, and junior Donald Jorden (Tampa, Fla.) was named to the all-tournament team.
The Bantams went blow-for-blow with the Valiants through the opening half, with neither side gaining a lead of more than three. A handful of Jorden layups gave the Bantams a five-point lead with seven minutes remaining in the first, but two quick buckets tied the game with five minutes remaining. Neither side could break free before halftime, and Trinity fell behind 37-36 going into the break.
The second half told a different story and was led by a stellar defensive effort; the Bantams held the Valiants to just 23 second half points, making the team shoot just 30% from the floor and 27% from beyond the arc. Jorden, who finished with a game-high 20 points and 14 boards, led the Bantams in the second frame with 13, going 5-7 from the floor and adding in three free throws.
Seretta chipped in 19 points for the A.J. Buchanan Classic champs, helping him earn all-tournament honors. Senior Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) finished with 11, and first-year Steven Lora (North Providence, R.I.) came off the bench and produced 11 points, shooting 50% from the floor.
The Bantams have a quick turnaround, playing host to Elms College Tuesday night. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.