Bates 85, Trinity 80
BATES STUNS NO. 19 TRINITY, 85-80
LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College sophomore captains Ed Walker (Roxbury, Mass.) and Alex Wilson (Duxbury, Mass.) combined for 45 points as the Bobcats overcame a 12-point deficit with six minutes to play to stun the Trinity University Bantams, ranked 19th in the most recent D3Hoops.com poll, 85-80, in Alumni Gym tonight.
Trinity opened up a nine-point lead at halftime, 48-39, by hitting 60.7 percent from the field (17-28), including six-of-nine from 3-point range. Trinity's Colin Tabb (Somers, Conn.) had 15 points at the break, while Bates' Billy Hart (Haverhill, Mass.) had 15 on four-of-five from 3-point range.
The Bantams looked to put the game away early in the second half, opening with a 13-4 run over the first four minutes to take a 61-43 lead. Bates hung around but still trailed by 12 with 6:44 on the clock. The Bantams went cold from the floor at that point, hitting just two of their final eight field goal attempts and committing seven turnovers. On the other end of the floor, hit 14 consecutive free throws to end the game on a 22-5 run, including a perfect 10-for-10 by first-year forward C.J. Neely (No. Easton, Mass.).
Bates' win is their first over Trinity since 1992-93. It also marks the first for Bates coach and former Bantam standout Joe Reilly over his alma mater. Wilson led all scorers with 25 points, while Walker had 20 off the bench. Hart had 18 points, while Neely had career highs with 15 points and eight rebounds. Scott Wallach (Scarsdale, N.Y.) led Trinity with 20 points, while Tabb finished with 18. Senior Rory Neal (Springfield, Mass.) led all players with 9 rebounds.
Bates improves to 6-8 on the season, while Trinity's nine-game winning streak is over. The Bantams move to 9-2. Both teams are 1-1 in the NESCAC. Bates plays host to Amherst tomorrow, while Trinity travels to Tufts.