Men's basketball takes Trinity to the wire, falls 76-73 on the road

Junior Tom Coyne scored 13 points and dished out a game-high eight assists on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Trinity. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior captain Nick Lynch scored a game-high 20 points and junior Jeff Spellman poured in 19 but the Bates men's basketball team fell just short Friday in a 76-73 road loss to Trinity. 

Leading at halftime, 38-36, Trinity (16-7, 5-4 NESCAC) built a 59-50 advantage midway through the second half on a Kyle Padmore three-pointer and led, 69-59, with 5:25 remaining on a pair of free throws by Donald Jorden. The Bobcats (7-16, 3-7 NESCAC) pulled to within a bucket at 72-70 at the 2:08 mark when Lynch (Westford, Mass.) sank two free throws. 

Padmore and Jorden made one of two from the foul line each in the final two minutes, but Bobcat junior Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine) drove the lane for an old-fashioned three-point play with 24 seconds remaining to make the score, 74-73, in Trinity's favor. Bantam guard Christian Porydzy sank a pair of from the charity stripe to make it a three-point game, before both teams turned the ball over and Spellman (Boston, Mass.) missed a last-second attempt to tie from deep. 

The first half was close throughout, as the Bantams held the largest lead at 26-20 at the 11:15 mark on a three-pointer by Joe Bell. Junior Tom Coyne (Falmouth, Maine) carried the Bates offense in the first half with 13 points, including a jumper with five seconds on the clock to make it a two-point game at the break. Bell and Padmore had eight points each for Trinity at halftime.

Trinity out-rebounded Bates 39-to-25 and made 13 three-pointers against the Bates zone defense but was just 11-for-19 from the foul line and committed 20 turnovers. Jorden, Porydzy, and Bell joined Padmore (18 points) in double figures for Trinity with 14, 11, and 10 points, respectively, while Jorden also had a game-high 12 rebounds. Lynch grabbed five boards to go along with his 20 points, while Spellman scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half, and Coyne dished a game-high eight assists.

The Bobcats wrap up their season when they host the University of Southern Maine at 7:30pm.