Second Half Surge Pushes Trinity Past Bowdoin In Men's Basketball

Drew Gagnon had six points in a first-half run for Bowdoin.
Drew Gagnon had six points in a first-half run for Bowdoin.

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Trinity College men's basketball team used a 10-0 run midway through the second half and held off a late Bowdoin rally to take a 73-68 win on Friday evening in Morrell Gymnasium.

The Bantams move to 11-3 (2-1 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears fall to 10-4 (1-2 NESCAC).

Game Highlights

  • Trinity came out firing, connecting on eight three-pointers in the opening half to open up a double-digit lead.
  • The Bantams opened up a 16-point edge, 34-18, with just 4:30 remaining in the opening half thanks to consecutive three-pointers from Christian Porydzy.
  • The Polar Bears rolled off a 15-5 surge to close the period, however, as Drew Gagnon scored six straight points and Jack Simonds added eight more in the run that trimmed the Trinity lead to 39-33 at intermission.
  • Bowdoin drew closer in the second half, opening the period on a 7-2 run, and took their first lead on a Simonds three-pointer, 48-45, with 14:30 remaining.
  • Trinity answered with the decisive 10-0 run that would give them the lead for good, and extended it to a 60-51 advantage on a Nick Seretta jumper with 9:53 remaining.
  • The Polar Bears clawed back into the contest, cutting the lead to three points on two occasions thanks in great part to Trinity shooting 9-20 from the free throw stripe in the second period.
  • Eric Gendron put the Polar Bears away with a jumper at 2:10, giving the visitors an insurmountable ten-point lead, 69-59.

By The Numbers

  • Trinity's hot shooting cooled somewhat in the second half as both the Bantams and Polar Bears shot 45% from the field in the game.
  • The teams were also evenly matched in three-pointers (nine apiece) and were almost identical in rebounds (36-34 Bowdoin) and assists (15-12 Bowdoin).
  • The difference in the game proved to be 15 Bowdoin turnovers which led directly to 18 Trinity points. The Bantams turned the ball over just six times on the night.
  • Bowdoin's Jack Simonds led all players with 24 points while Hugh O'Neil led all players with 17 rebounds.
  • David Reynolds (13) and Liam Farley (11) also saw double digits for Bowdoin.
  • Trinity was led by 17 points off the bench from Nick Seretta while Christian Porydzy and Jeremy Arthur ended with 14 each.

Up  Next

  • Trinity heads to Colby for a Sunday match-up (2:00 p.m.)
  • Bowdoin heads to Husson for a 7:00 p.m. game on Tuesday evening.