Trinity Upsets St. Ambrose

The Trolls came on strong in the second half to post an upset victory over No. 18 St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa) in a home conference game. Trinity led through a large portion of the first half, but by the intermission they were down by seven points at 39-32. The team fell behind by double digits in the second half, but finished strong to take over the lead and post the 81-78 victory.  The team is now 4-10 overall and 1-5 in the CCAC.

Throughout the first half of the game each team had their share of the lead and the score was tied five times. The scoring difference was within five points until the very end of the period.  With four minutes left in the half the game was tied at 30-30, but the Trolls only scored two more points in the remaining minutes to fall behind at 39-32 at the half.

The opening six minutes of the second period belonged to St. Ambrose as they jumped out to a 16 point lead.  The Fighting Bees stayed out front, but the Trolls slowly chipped away at that lead. With 3:39 to play, on a jumper by Patrick Bray, the team had made up the gap to take the lead at 68-67.

For the next two minutes the lead seesawed back and forth. With 1:28 to play Josh Decker scored to give Trinity a 75-74 edge. The next basket of the game did not come until there was 16 seconds left when Bray put in a lay-up to put the Trolls up by three. St. Ambrose turned the ball over on the next possession, which forced them to foul to put the Trolls on the line. In the final six seconds Decker and Joshua Shannon each hit two three throws to keep team in the lead and to get the three-point win.

The Trolls shot .414 percent for the game, .412 percent from the arc, and .692 percent from the line. St. Ambrose was .459 percent from the field, .300 percent from the three-point line, and .762 percent from the free throw line. Trinity had 38 rebounds and St. Ambrose had 42. Decker led the team with 16 points. Shannon had a double double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures was Bray with 14 and Jalyn Clark with 13.

Trinity plays next on December 15 in a conference game at Roosevelt University.