Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College's four seniors combined for 52 points to lead the Bantams to a 83-66 victory over the visiting Bates College Bobcats in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium. Trinity improves to 14-8 overall and 5-5 in the NESCAC while snapping a two-game losing streak, while the Bobcats drop to 15-8 overall and 4-5 in the league with their second setback in as many days.
Trinity led wire to wire on the last regular-season home game for co-captains Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Chris Turnbull (Ridgewood, N.J.) and classmates Brian Horn (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) and Langdon Neal (Chicago, Ill.). The Bantams took a 7-0 lead in the opening 3:22, and led, 40-29, at hafltime. Ogundeko led the way with 13 points at halftime. 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 three-pointer by rookie guard Tom Coyne (Falmouth, Maine). Trinity used an 8-0 run, including four points by Neal, in the closing minutes to put it away.
Ogundeko finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, making 10 of 18 shots from the field, while Neal finished with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Junior Eric Gendron (Merrimack, N.H.) contributed 12 points off the bench, Turnbull had 11 points, and Horn dished four assists for the Bantams. Senior center Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) paced Bates with 15 points, four boards, and three blocked shots, while twin brother Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds, and senior co-captain guard Jerome Darling (Hartford, Conn.) contributed 10 points and five assists for the Bobcats. Trinity shot three less 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). The Bantams also forced 17 turnovers while committing just nine and outrebounded Bates, 34-29.