Middlebury suffered an 82-76 road loss at Trinity (12-6, 3-2) on Friday night. The 10th-ranked Panthers (17-3, 3-3) are back in action on Saturday when they visit Connecticut College for a 3:00 p.m. game.
Trinity moved out to an 18-8 lead at the 6:01 into the game. The Panthers responded with a 9-4 run, capped by a hoop from Jack Farrell to cut the margin to five (22-17) with 9:59 remaining in the first half. Middlebury continued to chip away, with a three from Max Bosco cutting the margin to 32-29 with 5:09 showing on the clock. The Bantams led by eight, before a 6-0 spurt by the visitors, ending with a jumper from Matt Folger, made it a two-point game (37-35) late in the first half. Farrell scored the final bucket of the first 20 minutes, as the teams were tied at 37-37 at the intermission.
Middlebury led by three (42-39) early in the second half, before a quick 6-0 run by the hosts gave them a 45-42 lead with 15:38 remaining. The lead hovered around 4-6 points, before the Panthers tied the game (66-66) for the seventh time when Tommy Eastman converted a layup with 6:20 left to play. Eastman followed with a three-point play, before Trinity scored the game's next eight points to go up 74-69 with 2:49 remaining. The Panthers cut the deficit to four, but could get no closer as the Bantams held on for the 82-76 win.
Eastman finished with a game-high 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds, Bosco scored 17, while Farrell added 14 points and four assists.
Colin Donovan led Trinity with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Kyle Padmore netted 20 points with four blocks. Nick Seretta added 15, while Donald Jorden Jr. scored a dozen with a game-high 15 boards.
Trinity was hot from the floor, shooting 48.6 percent on the night with a 47-36 rebounding advantage.