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Men's basketball scores 72-55 win at Trinity

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Senior Mark Brust scored a game-high 16 points to lead four Bobcats in double figures as the Bates men's basketball team won at Trinity for the first time in the NESCAC era on Saturday, 72-55.

Bates' only win at Trinity prior to Saturday's game was an 85-67 win on Feb. 11, 1956. The teams didn't resume  playing one another on an annual basis after that game until 1977.

Trinity drops to 8-13 overall and 2-6 in the NESCAC with its third straight loss, while Bates improves to 9-13 overall with a 3-6 league record. Only six other teams have three conference wins at this point in the season; Bates finishes the regular season with a non-conference game at Thomas on Tuesday at 7pm (Video), followed by a 5pm NESCAC game on Friday against Hamilton.

It was the Bobcats' fourth win in the teams' past five meetings, with the Bobcats earning wins in Lewiston in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Bates built a lead of as many as 14 points and headed into intermission with a 32-22 advantage.

Trinity and Bates exchanged baskets in the earlier stages of the second half, but with 12:56 to play, Brust dealt a blow to the Bantams with a three-pointer to put the Bobcats up 15. Trinity kept fighting, cutting the lead back down to nine with a bucket from Jaquann Starks with 7:45 to play, but the Bobcats proved to be too much, increasing their lead to 21 points on a pair of free throws by sophomore Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine), as the Bobcats sealed the deal by going 11-for-12 from the line down the stretch.

Bates finished the game 25-29 from the stripe and shot 45 percent from the floor.

Junior Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) scored 14 points and Safford added 12 for Bates. Senior Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Senior center Taylor Gartley (Rockport, Maine) provided a big boost off the bench with six points, seven rebounds and a block in 11 minutes.

Alexander Conaway and Mick DiStasio netted 12 points apiece for the Bantams, while George Papadeas collected eight points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.