Springfield, Mass. - December 7, 2010 - Matt Cavalieri scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Springfield College men's basketball team to a 62-41 victory over Trinity College tonight in a non-conference game at SC's Blake Arena.
The Pride has now won five straight to raise its record to 5-3. Trinity falls to 5-3. It was the eighth game of the season for Springfield, but its first on James Naismith Court in Blake Arena.
Cavalieri is a senior forward and co-captain from West Warwick, R.I. He is the current reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's basketball Player of the Week.
Also scoring in double figures for Springfield were junior center Ryan Coburn (West Warwick, R.I.) with 13 points to go along with 11 rebounds and five blocks, as well as senior guard Darvis Rankins (Boston, Mass.) with 12 points.
Trinity was led by senior forward/center Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, as well as sophomore guard Cameron Sutton (Queens, N.Y.) with 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
The Bantams shot poorly throughout the game, finishing with a .283 field goal percentage from the floor. They actually shot better from 3-point range (.364). Springfield also did not shoot well for a half (.333), but that changed in the second half when the Pride made 14-of-26 from the field (.538), and ultimately finished with a .434 percentage for the game.
Springfield could have made it a lot easier on itself had it made its free throws. SC made just 11-of-22 (.500) from the charity stripe, while Trinity was limited to just seven opportunties from the line (making just three) for the entire game. The rebounding battle was almost dead even, with Springfield gaining a slight edge, 40-39. The Bantams finished with 15 turnovers to Springfield's nine.
In the first half, there were three ties and the lead changed hands just twice. SC took an immediate 5-0 lead, but Trinity came back to tie it at 5-all. The Bantams then took its one and only lead of the game at 15-14 with 9:23 left in the half on a lay-up by senior guard Brian Ford (Bronx, N.Y.). Freshman guard Kevin Lubin (Winnetka, Ill.) tied it at 18-all for Trinity with 4:47 to go on a 3-point shot.
Junior guard Pat Sturdahl (Exeter, R.I.), who played well off the bench (seven points), then buried a three of his own for the home team, and Springfield led for good at 21-18 with 4:26 to go. SC led by as many as nine (27-18) with 56 seconds left before settling for a 27-20 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, Trinity cut the margin to three (31-28) on a 3-pointer by Ford with 15:43 left, but that was as close as the Bantams would get. A mini-7-0 run by SC allowed the Pride to gain a 10-point margin.
After Trinity cut the lead to seven at 38-31 with 12:11 left, Springfield just took over. For the remainder of the game, SC outscored Trinity, 24-10. SC's largest lead was at 62-38 with 52 seconds remaining on a Coburn dunk.
The Pride will now prepare for Saturday's game against Williams College, currently ranked second in the country. Tip-off will start at 1:00 pm in Blake Arena.