Men's Basketball Falls To Trinity

January 26, 2008

Trinity held off a last minute charge by Middlebury to escape with a 74-71 win in Pepin Gym. The Panthers (13-4, 2-2) connected on just 32 percent of their shots in the second half and went 4 of 16 from behind the arc in the game. The Bantams (14-4, 3-1) overcame 18 turnovers forced by the Middlebury defense and converted 15 of 19 free throws on the afternoon.

Trinity led early, with Middlebury taking a 16-15 lead on a hoop from Andrew Locke at the 11:07 mark. The Bantams regained the lead, holding a six-point advantage on two different occasions. Middlebury cut the margin to one on a lay-up from Ben Rudin with 1:41 remaining in the half, only to see Patrick Hasiuk hit a three and Aaron Westbrooks convert at the buzzer to give the Bantams a 38-32 lead at the break. The Panthers forced 10 first half turnovers, but were out-rebounded 25-16 in the first 20 minutes.

Trinity extended its lead to 10 points at 47-37 on a three from Brian Ford with 15:56 left to play. Middlebury chipped away on a 12-2 run and tied the game at 49 on a three from Kyle Dudley at the 10:07 mark. With the game tied at 55, Trinity went on a 6-0 spurt, sparked by a three from Hasiuk to take a 66-51 lead. The Bantams would lead by as many as seven, with the Panthers battling back in the final minute. Six of seven free throw shooting by Middlebury left them trailing 73-68 with six seconds remaining. Ashton Coghlan hit a three from the left baseline to make it a 73-71 game with just three seconds left. Following a foul, Russ Martin went to the line for Trinity and hit the first of two shots, with the rebound squirting loose as the buzzer sounded.

Aaron Smith led the Panthers with 23 points and 12 rebounds on 9 of 14 shooting from the floor. Ashton Coghlan scored 14 points, while Mike Walsh had 11 points and a dozen boards.

Hasiuk led Trinity with 20, including four three's, Martin scored 16, Paul Rowe netted 12, while Stephen Dunn had nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds.