Trinity Jumps to Early Leads, Holds Off Bowdoin in Men's Basketball

Hugh O'Neil had 11 points and 14 rebounds against Trinity.
Hugh O'Neil had 11 points and 14 rebounds against Trinity.

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Trinity College men's basketball team used a suffocating defensive effort in the first half to help defeat Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon, 71-53.

The win moves Trinity to 12-6 overall and 4-1 in league action while the Polar Bears drop to 9-8 on the year and 1-4 in NESCAC play.

Game Highlights

  • Bowdoin scored the first two buckets of the game to take a quick, 4-0 lead, however Trinity answered with a 25-4 run to jump ahead.
  • The Bantams defense held the Polar Bears to just those four points until the nine-minute mark when a layup from Tim Ahn ended the drought. A layup by O'Neil with 2:33 to play in the half cut the deficit to 13, but an Eric Gendron jump shot followed by a steal and breakaway layup from Langdon Neal on the following Polar Bear possession reclaimed a 17-point advantage for the hosts.
  • Bowdoin trailed 38-17 at intermission but used a nice run to climb back into the contest and a David Reynolds three-pointer with 11:33 to play trimmed the lead to just 11 points.
  • However, a quick surge by Trinity pushed the lead back to 17 and the Bantams held onto a double-digit advantage for the remainder.

By The Numbers

  • Ed Ogundeko recorded game-highs of 20 points, 20 rebounds, while the Bantams held Bowdoin to a 30 percent clip from the floor on 15-for-50 shooting.
  • Bowdoin was led by sophomore Hugh O'Neil who recorded 11 points and 14 boards.
  • Trinity held a 38-30 edge in rebounding and scored 26 points in the paint in the win.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will return to action next Saturday in Waterville against Colby at 3:00 p.m.