Courtesy Amherst Sports Information
AMHERST, Mass. - Trinity College came away with its first NESCAC Men's Basketball title on Sunday afternoon, as the Bantams surpassed Bowdoin 74-55 in the final game of the 2008 NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship. With the win, Trinity (21-6) earns the league's automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
The first eight minutes of the game were a low scoring affair as neither team was shooting above 33 percent, and Trinity held a 10-6 lead. The Bantams extended their advantage to 13-6 on a three-point play from senior center Russ Martin (East Longmeadow, Mass.).
Bowdoin responded with a fast-break and kick out, giving sophomore Mike Hauser (East Williston, N.Y.) a wide open three ball. He knocked down the shot to cut the deficit to 13-11 with 9:36 to play.
At the four minute mark, Trinity opened its lead up to 20-13 on the second three of the game by senior guard Patrick Hasiuk (Enfield, Conn.). Bowdoin cut the margin down to three points before Hasiuk answered once again with another three from the right wing.
Bowdoin’s Andrew Hippert (Worcester, Mass.) had a three at the first-half buzzer rim out, sending the teams to the break with Trinity up 25-21. At the half, Hasiuk was the only player on either team in double-digits with 11 points on 50 percent shooting.
By the 14:27 mark of the second half, Trinity had gone on an 11-4 run and held a 36-25 lead.
In the next two possessions, Bowdoin had a three to cut the lead to a dozen, only to have Hasiuk complete a four-point play to put the Bantams up 48-32.
By the midway point of the second stanza, Trinity held a 20-point lead at 54-34. Throughout the final portion of the game, the Bantams maintained their large lead to cruise toward a convincing win.
The final score registered home at 74-55 to give Trinity the 2008 NESCAC crown. Hasiuk paced the Bantams with 19 points, while Martin, Robert Taylor and Paul Rowe all reached double-digits. Hippert and Jordan Fliegel (Cambridge, Mass.) led the Polar Bears with a combined 28 points in the loss.
2008 NESCAC MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Quarterfinals - Saturday, Feb. 23 at Higher Seeds
at No. 1 Amherst 86, No. 8 Colby 69
at No. 2 Trinity 69, No. 7 Connecticut College 60
at No. 3 Middlebury 96, No. 6 Williams 59
at No. 4 Bowdoin 83, No. 5 Bates 50
Championship - Sunday, March 2 at Amherst
No. 2 Trinity 74, vs. No. 4 Bowdoin 55