Springfield, Mass. - December 7, 2017 - The Springfield College men's basketball team dropped its first contest of the season with a 72-54 setback to visiting Trinity College in a non-conference contest in Blake Arena on Thursday evening.
The Pride, which was receiving votes in the latest D3hoops.com National Poll, dropped to 4-1, while the Bantams improved to 6-2.
Springfield's Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) led all players with 20 points to go along with eight boards and three steals, while Trey Witter (Unionville, Conn.) netted 10 points off the bench. Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) chipped in nine points, seven rebounds, and three blocks for a Springfield team that shot just 36% (18-for-50) for the game and was outrebounded, 41-26.
40 of Trinity's 72 points came from players off the bench, paced by Nick Seretta's team-best 16 points. Jeremy Arthur added 13 points, and Christian Porydzy was credited with seven points, six boards, and four assists. The visitors shot 49.1% (28-for-57) for the game and outscored Springfield in the paint, 36-14.
Springfield, which entered the game averaging just five three-pointers per game, drilled four from beyond the arc in the opening 3:48 to storm out to a 12-2 advantage, forcing the the visitors to burn the game's first timeout. The Bantams rallied back into the contest with a 11-1 run over the next four-plus minutes, only to have Springfield produce a 7-0 burst, highlighted by five-straight points from Ross, to make it 20-13 with 11 minutes to play. Trinity took their first lead of the game when Jadakis Brooks converted in the paint at 24-22 with 6:32 on the clock, but an inside finish by Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) and a deep trifecta from Ross put the Pride back on top. Despite being outrebounded, 24-10 and outscored 26-6 in the paint in the opening 20 minutes, Springfield went into the break with a 32-31 edge.
Trinity raced out to a 44-35 lead just under five minutes into the second half thanks to a 13-3 run, but Springfield would make it a 49-40 contest when Witter buried a triple at the 11:04 mark. Over the next 4:31, Trinity used a 10-0 run, with Serretta scoring eight points, to give the visitors a 59-40 advantage. The Bantams lead would balloon to 66-43 following a pair at the line by Seretta with 4:08 to play, and despite Springfield making a late push and getting within 16 on a fast-break dunk by Ross with 2:06 to go, the visitors held on for the win.
Springfield will hit the road and head off to play a 2 pm game on Saturday at Williams, the sixth-ranked team in the latest national rankings.