Trinity Forwards Power Bantams Past Amherst, 78-74

February 1, 2001


HARTFORD, CT - Junior forward Colin Tabb (Somers, Conn.) poured in a team-high 27 points with 10 assists and six rebounds to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 78-74 win over visiting Amherst College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference men's basketball matchup on Saturday. 

Trinity improved to 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the NESCAC with its third consecutive win. Amherst, ranked No. 4 in the latest NCAA Division III Northeast Poll, fell to 13-4 overall and 3-2 in the league with its second loss in three days. 

After the Bantams jumped out to an early 15-10 lead, Amherst went on a 23-10 run, including nine points by sophomore forward Steve Zieja (Hadley, Mass.), to take a 38-23 with 6:08 remaining and a 44-35 lead at the break. 

Trinity then opened the second half with a 10-2 run to cut the lead to one at 46-45, on the strength of six points from junior forward Brian Dion (East Haven, Conn.). 

Amherst regained the lead, 48-45, on a lay-up by sophomore center Pat Fitzsimons (Durham, N.C.), but Trinity outscored the Jeffs 18-8 over the next eight minutes to take a 65-56 lead with 9:40 to play. 

Amherst battled back to tie the score 74-74 on a reverse lay-in by freshman guard Ryan Faulkner (Lebanon, N.H.), but Tabb answered with a short-range jumper and senior guard Mike Keohane (Belmont, Mass.) hit a pair of free throws to ice the win for the Bantams. 

Trinity held Amherst to just 33 percent (10-for-30) shooting in the second half, after the Jeffs had made 57 percent (17-for-30) of their shots, including seven out of nine three-point attempts in the first half. 

Tabb finished 8-for-13 from the field, 3-for-4 from beyond the three-point arc, and drilled all eight of his free throws. Meanwhile, Dion scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds, while senior center Julian Bah (Concord, Mass.) added 17 points, six rebounds and four blocks for Trinity. Tabb, Dion, and Bah, who make up Trinity's starting frontcourt, combined for 32 of the Bantams 43 points in the second half. 

Zieja led all scorers with 31 points, sinking 11-of-15 field goal attempts to go along with seven rebounds. Senior guard Brian Daoust (Dover, Mass.) and Fitzsimons each added 11 points for the Lord Jeffs. 

Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, for a non-conference matchup against visiting Norwich University at 7 p.m.

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