NEW CANAAN — The New Canaan boys basketball team has been searching for a signature win since Danny Melzer took over as coach this season.

The Rams earned what they hope is that program-building victory Tuesday night, defeating Trinity Catholic 64-57 at home.

Tyler Sweeney hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 5:15 left, giving the Rams their first lead at 47-44 and it was a lead they would not give back.

“This is big for us,” Sweeney said. “That was a designed play on that 3. Our assistant coach saw they were coming out at me on the wings and he thought we could do a little dribble handoff so all the credit to him. We had a program sweep tonight, won on all three levels. New Canaan basketball has not won three games this early in the season for a long time and that is something we can hang our hats on.”

Sweeney led all scorers with 19 points, 11 of those coming in the fourth quarter including going 5-6 from the free throw line down the stretch and hitting two big 3-pointers.

James Crovatto added 13 points and was the heart of the defense for the Rams, doing work inside all night against the big front line of the Crusaders.

New Canaan (3-8, 3-3 FCIAC) knocked down 11 of 12 free throws over the final eight minutes to help seal the deal.

The Rams scored 43 points in the second half, knocking down shots against Trinity’s 2-3 zone.

“They hit a lot of shots and a lot of 3-point shots. Our defense was not good in the second half,” Trinity coach Mike Walsh said. “Give them credit, they hit the shots. Our advantage was inside and I thought they did a great job of boxing out and doubling the big guy inside. If they knock down shots like that they can beat anybody. We have to get better and hopefully we learn from this game.”

Trinity (5-3, 3-3 FCIAC) was led by 16 points by Cam Blake and 11 from Pete Galgano who was battling a back injury all night.

New Canaan limited Trinity to one shot on most possessions and played physically inside on Trinity’s big men, stifling them most of the evening.

“I am so proud of them because we took their best shot in the first half and we didn’t shoot the ball well at all in the first half,” Melzer said. “It all started with being physical and our kids knew that and they really took that to heart. When you are giving up four or five inches on the blocks the only way you can compete down there is to have a lot of heart and James Crovatto and Jack Richardson really competed all night down there. Tonight, is a great team victory and a great program victory.”

Trinity led 28-21 at the half, but New Canaan cut that to just one point by the end of the third quarter.

Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com; @EricsonSports

NEW CANAAN 64, TRINITY CATHOLIC 57

TRINITY (5-3, 3-3 FCIAC)

Cam Blake 6 0-0 16; Contavio Dutreil 2 0-0 4; Pete Galgano 5 0-1 11; Jack Soucy 0 0-0 0; Dimitry Moise 6 2-2 15; Stephon McGill 3 2-2 8; Rash Constant 1 0-0 3; Tim Val 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 4-6 57

NEW CANAAN (3-8, 3-3 FCIAC)

Nick Crovatto 1 4-6 6; Austin Bell 3 2-2 10; James Crovatto 4 4-4 13; Tyler Sweeney 5 6-8 19; Tim Russo 2 0-0 4; Luke Crawford 2 2-2 8; Matt Brand 0 0-0 0; Jack Richardson 2 0-0 4; Charlie Grow 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 18-22 64

TRINITY 13 15 14 15—57

NEW CANAAN 8 13 20 23—64

3-point field goals: NC—Sweeney 3, Crawford 2, Bell 2, J. Crovatto. TC—Blake 4, Galgano, Moise, Constant

Fouled out: NC—Richardson