Hartford, Conn. - December 5, 2018 - The Springfield College men's basketball team was held to a season-low point total as it dropped a 69-52 decision at Trinity College in non-conference play on Wednesday night in Oosting Gymnasium.
Trinity improved to 6-2 with its third victory in a row, while the Pride lost for the fourth-straight out to fall to 2-4. All six of Springfield's games so far this season have been on the road.
Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) totaled 18 points and seven rebounds for Springfield, while Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) made his return to the lineup and registered 14 points and seven boards of his own. Springfield shot just 15-for-52 (29%) from the floor, including just 6-of-24 from beyond the arc, and was outscored in the paint by a 30-8 margin.
For Trinity, Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) scored 14 points, Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) and Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.) had 13 points each, while Merinder added a game-high nine rebounds.
Ross pulled up for a triple in transition to give Springfield a 10-7 edge at the 16:27 mark of the first half, but the hosts would respond with a 12-4 push to earn a five-point cushion with 8:42 on the clock. Over the next four-plus minutes, Springfield would get manufacture 13-4 burst, fueled by eight points from Ross, as the Pride owned a 28-23 edge with just over two minutes left in the stanza. However, the Bantams would score the final six points of the frame to head into halftime with a 29-28 edge.
The Bantams netted 16 of the first 20 points in the second stanza to go ahead, 45-32, with 14:11 remaining. Springfield got within single digits for the last time at 47-39 on a jumper by Post with 11:17 on the clock, but Trinity answered with a three-pointer and would coast to the non-conference win. Trinity held Springfield to just 24 points in the second half while shooting nearly 57% from the floor en route to 40 points of their own.
Springfield will play for the first time in Blake Arena this season on Saturday when it hosts Williams, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest D3hoops.com National Poll. Game time is slated for 3 pm.