HARTFORD, Conn. - Trinity College used fast starts in each half to take control and eventually pulled away from the Keene State College men's basketball team, 86-73 on Wednesday night at Ray Oosting Gymnasium.
- Keene State: 8-4
- Trinity (Conn.): 9-2
How It Happened
Ty Nichols had 20 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists to lead Keene State. James Anozie, making a start for the first time in his young career, added 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds. Dizel Wright had 10 points, a team-high nine rebounds, three assists and one steal, while Miguel Prieto came off the bench to chip in 10 points for the Owls, who have lost two straight.
Christian Porydzy made 7-of-9 from three point range and all eight from the free throw line to score a career-high 29 points for Trinity, who has won five consecutive games. He added six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Jeremy Arthur had 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Eric Gendron rounded out the double-figure scorers with 12 points, three assists, two rebounds and a block.
After a nearly three minute scoreless stretch to begin the game, the Bantams finally broke the ice with an Arthur three and eventually stretched their lead to 10-2 after his jumper at the 15:03 mark. It was still a 15-7 Trinity lead with 11:22 to go in the first half, but the Owls chipped away from there. Successive layups from Ben Olson, Jordan Haywood and Wright made it a 17-15 game and, later, two free throws from Nichols tied the game at 17 with 7:37 to go until halftime. Prieto's layup a few minutes later gave Keene State its first lead of the contest (21-20). Trinity answered with a Porydzy three and it was a tight affair the rest of the half. After Trinity led 28-25, the Owls reeled off six straight points courtesy of Nichols and Sidi Diallo to take a 31-28 lead at the 3:22 mark. The Bantams answered with the next five to lead 33-31 at halftime.
Anozie scored inside on the first possession of the second half, knotting the game at 33, but Trinity got two more triples from Porydzy and reeled off a 10-0 run over the next two minutes for a double-digit lead (43-33). A triple from Diallo and a layup from Anozie trimmed the deficit in half (46-41) at the 15:20 mark. Another bucket inside from Anozie and a bucket from Nichols kept the deficit at 50-45, but the Bantams then went on an 8-1 run to lead 58-46 halfway through the second stanza. Keene State got to within eight on two different occasions, but a layup from Eric Gendron and a three from Porydzy restored the Bantams lead to 65-52 and the Owls never threatened again, only getting the lead down to 82-73 when there were 22 seconds left.
Inside the Paint
- Trinity shot 56% (27-of-48) from the floor and 8-of-18 (44%) from three. The Bantams connected on 24-of-32 from the line (75%). Keene State shot 44% (28-of-63) from the field, but just 3-of-18 (17%) from three and 14-of-22 (64%) from the charity stripe. In three games since the holiday break, the Owls are shooting 9-for-38 (24%) from three point range and 51-of-88 (58%) from the free throw line.
- Keene State held a 39-27 advantage in rebounding, including a whopping 15-2 on the offensive end. Anozie had five offensive rebounds himself.
- The Owls dominated the paint, outscoring Trinity 46-22. KSC also held a big 16-2 edge in second chance points.
- Keene State turned the ball over 18 times and Trinity 16, but the Bantams capitalized, holding a 30-16 advantage in points off turnovers.
- KSC and Trinity have played each of the past three seasons, with each game being won by the home team.
- Keene State gets back into Little East Conference play, traveling to Rhode Island College on Saturday, January 6 for a 3:00 pm tip-off. The Owls are 2-0 in the conference, having defeated UMass-Boston and Southern Maine at home before the break.
- Trinity has their NESCAC opener on Friday, January 5, as they will host Amherst at 7:00 pm.