|Bates College||Amherst College|
HARTFORD, Conn. — Trinity College led wire to wire in defeating the Bates College men’s basketball team 83-66 in a key NESCAC contest on Saturday.
The loss puts Bates (15-8, 4-5 NESCAC) in seventh place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference at the moment. The Bobcats have one remaining game, next Sunday at home against Williams (15-6, 3-4), currently the NESCAC’s eighth-place team.
Trinity (14-8, 5-3 NESCAC) currently sits alone in fourth place in the NESCAC standings. The Bantams next play Friday night at Hamilton.
Senior Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) paced Bates with 15 points and a season-high three blocked shots. He was limited to a season-low-tying four rebounds. Senior center Malcolm Delpeche posted 10 points and eight rebounds before fouling out of the game in 22 minutes of action.
Senior guard Jerome Darling (Hartford, Conn.) contributed 10 points and five assists, and first-year guards Tom Coyne (Falmouth, Maine) and Jeff Spellman (Boston, Mass.) added nine and eight points, respectively, off the bench.
Trinity senior Ed Ogundeko finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, making 10 of 18 shots from the field, while Langdon Neal finished with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Eric Gendron contributed 12 points off the bench, Chris Turnbull had 11 points, and Brian Horn dished four assists for the Bantams.
Trinity turned 15 offensive rebounds into 25 second-chance points, outscoring Bates 25-8 in that category. The Bobcats also suffered from a 17-9 disparity in turnovers committed.
The Bantams took a 7-0 lead in the opening 3:22, and led 40-29 at halftime; Ogundeko led the way with 13 points in the period.
Trinity increased its advantage to a game-high 20 points at 65-45 with 9:08 left in the game after two Neal free throws, but Bates battled back and cut its deficit to single digits at 71-62 with 3:22 on the clock after a 3-pointer by Coyne.
But Trinity went on an 8-0 run, including four points by Neal, in the closing minutes to put it away.
Trinity shot three fewer free throws than Bates but made six more, finishing 24-for-30 from the line (80 percent) to 20-for-33 for the visitors (60.6 percent).