Hartford, Conn. - December 8, 2009 - Pat Crean netted a team-best 18 points but the Trinity College Bantams built an early first half lead and held on to defeat the Springfield College men's basketball team, 73-56, on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.
The loss drops Springfield to 2-6 on the season, while Trinity moves to 4-3.
Crean paced Springfield with a game-high 18 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists, while Ryan Coburn added 11 points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks. Matt Cavalieri chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds and Ryan Blackmon totaled nine points and six rebounds.
After trailing by 13 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Springfield cut it to five after Crean converted a conventional three-point play with 6:24 left. Springfield hung around for the rest of the first half and went into the locker room trailing 30-24.
The second half went back and forth, but Springfield would never cut it closer than six points, the last of which came on a Pat Crean 15-foot jumper with 14:28 remaining, 38-32. With 7:41 left, Evan Christner made a rebound lay-up, cutting it to eight points at 51-43. When Coburn hit the front end of a 1-and-1 with 6:31 left, that again cut the Bantams' lead to eight at 53-45. SC then rebounded Coburn's missed free throw and had two tries to cut it to six. But that turned out to be a missed opportunity and Trinity's Jon Pike then connected on a long 3-pointer to make it 56-45 with 5:50 left. With 4:20 remaining, Blackmon made a 20-footer, cutting it to 60-49. Trinity's lead grew to 19 points (73-54) when Salah Abdo hit a 3-pointer with 20.8 seconds left. SC's Darvis Rankins made a 16-footer with 6.5 seconds left to close out the scoring.
The Bantams made the most of their chances from the charity stripe down the stretch. Trinity, in fact, connected on 11-of-12 from the free-throw line in the second half, while Springfield connected on just 11-of-20 on its free throw attempts for the entire game.
Salah Abdo poured in 18 points and added seven assists for the hosts, while Jon Pike and Brian Ford each connected for 13 points in the win.
Springfield returns to action on Saturday when it travels to take on 20th-ranked Williams College for another non-conference clash.