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Trinity comes back to tip men's basketball team in Hartford

John Squires '12 had 11 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists for the Bobcats. (File photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Bates men's basketball team built an eight-point lead after one period and still led by eight with 9:42 remaining in the game, but host Trinity came back to win 76-66 in a NESCAC game on Friday night.

Senior Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) led four Bates players in double figures with 15 points on 6-11 shooting. Junior John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.), senior Nick Schmiemann (Weymouth, Mass.) and sophomore Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) added 11 apiece. Squires added eight rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists, and Brust dished out a team-high four assists.

Bates led from the start, after a Brust three-pointer made it 3-0. The Bobcats maintained a single-digit lead, for the most part, over the entire first half and most of the second. Bates took its biggest lead of the game at 28-14 with just under six minutes left in the first half on a layup by Ellis, but Trinity scored 13 of the final 20 points before intermission.

But Trinity made a 52-44 Bates lead disappear with a 10-0 run to assume its first lead of the game, at 54-52, with 6:36 left. It turned out to be the only lead change of the entire game. The Bantams hit 10 free throws over the final 66 seconds of the game, to preserve a lead of eight points with 1:06 to play.

The Bantams (12-9) hit 10 of 17 (.588) three-point shots on the night, including 6 of 9 in the second half. Trinity was limited to 34.6% shooting in the first half but made 12 of 22 shots in the second half (.545).

Ian Fels led Trinity with 17 points, including 3-3 from behind the arc. Brian Ford added 16 points, including 4-5 shooting from the floor, 3-4 beyond the arc and 5-6 at the line. Luke Macdougall added 15 points and Jared Pimm scored 10.

Only 10 turnovers were committed in the game -- five apiece by both teams.

BOX SCORE: Trinity 76, Bates 66