Hartford, Conn. - December 3, 2014 -Senior guard Sean Martin (Rindge, N.H.) poured in a career-best 33 points, however the Springfield College men's basketball team dropped an 81-76 decision at Trinity College on Wednesday evening in non-conference action.
Trinity improved to 5-2 with the win, while the Pride, which was receiving votes in this week's D3Hoops.com National Poll, lost for the second-straight outing to fall to 4-2.
Martin was tremendous in the loss for the Pride, producing a career-high 33 points on 9-of-14 shooting while also going 14-for-17 from the charity stripe. The senior guard also hauled in a team-best seven rebounds and was credited with four steals. Alex Garstka (Westfield, Mass.) added 12 points off the bench.
Springfield shot 22-for-54 for the game (40.7%), including just 4-of-16 from downtown. The Pride got to the line early and often to stay in the game, hitting 28 of its 37 free throw attempts. Trinity controlled the boards throughout, holding a 41-30 edge, and hit 8-of-17 from beyond the arc.
A three-pointer from Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.) gave Springfield a 17-16 advantage with 9:48 left in the first half. However, the Bantams heated up themselves from beyond the arc, and thanks to six trifectas, Trinity poured on a 22-4 run over the next four-plus minutes to earn a 38-21 cushion.
Martin scored six of his 16-first half points down the stretch to keep the Pride within striking distance, as the visitors trailed 47-33 heading into the locker room.
Facing a 15-point deficit with just over 10 minutes left in regulation, Springfield scored 11 of the game's next 17 points to get within 69-63 following a Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) free throw at the 3:11 mark.
Trinity answered by going 7-for-8 from the stripe to push its lead back to 76-68 with 28 ticks on the clock, only to have Nick Sienkiewicz (Cranston, R.I.) can a three and knocked down three freebies after he was fouled from beyond the arc, putting Springfield within a possession, 77-74, with just 10 seconds left. However, the host Bantams knocked down all four of their free throw attempts en route to the 81-76 victory.
Springfield will return home this Saturday when it faces Williams College at 4:00 pm in a showdown of teams receiving votes in the latest D3Hoops.com national poll.