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Bantams snap Bobcats' 8-game winning streak

Bryan Wholey '08 had 19 points, and now stands at 992 points scored in his Bates career.

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Trinity College pulled away from Bates College 85-68 in the NESCAC men's basketball opener for both teams on Friday night.

Trinity improves to 12-3 and 1-0 in the NESCAC with its fourth straight win, while the Bobcats drop to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in the league with their first loss in nine games.

First-year Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) led the visiting Bobcats (8-4, 0-1) with a game-high 21 points. Senior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) added 19 points with 9 rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Sean Wirth (Barrington, R.I.) made a big impact off the bench with eight points and six rebounds.

Senior center Russ Martin (East Longmeadow, Mass.) had 20 points, making eight out of nine shots from the foul line, and a game-high 11 rebounds and classmate Patrick Hasiuk (Enfield, Conn.) scored 20 points and dished out five assists for Trinity.

With the game tied at 49-49 with just under 14 minutes remaining, the Bantams outscored Bates, 36-19, the rest of the way after trailing, 37-35, at the half.

The game featured 20 lead changes, including 17 in the first half.

Wholey fouled out of the game with over 10 minutes left to play after he had totaled 19 points, nine rebounds, and five assists to that point. With a game tomorrow at defending Division III champion Amherst, the senior co-captain is eight points away from the 1,000 career points plateau.

Trinity senior Robert Taylor (Dorchester Center, Mass.) added 11 points, eight boards, and a game-high six assists. 

Wholey scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half and Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) poured in 15 of his game-high 21 points in the opening stanza.

Bates plays at Amherst College tomorrow at 3 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Trinity 85, Bates 68