New Year Starts with Victory

After more than a two week break from competition, the Trolls start the new year off with a win in a home non-conference game against Indiana University-Northwest (Gary, Indiana). In the game the score was tied seven times and the lead changed hands 18 times. The Trolls trailed through a large portion of the first period and were down by one, 51-50, at the half. Trinity took the top spot in the second period and pulled away from the RedHawks for a 106-97 win. The Trolls are 5-11 for the season.

Through the first ten minutes of the game the teams were never separated by more than four points.  IU-Northwest went on a five point run to take a seven point lead with nine minutes left in the period. The RedHawks stayed on top until a three pointer by Myles Birgans with one minute left tied the game at 48-48. IU-Northwest answered with a trey, but Birgans scored again to bring the Trolls to within one, 51-50, at the half.

The lead went back and forth in the opening eight minutes of the second half.  With a 72-71 lead the Trolls rallied off the next eight points to go ahead by nine at 80-71. Trinity continued to stay on top and behind accurate shooting at the free throw line they built at 14 point cushion with six minutes to play.

IU-Northwest cut into the lead and had the difference down to five points, but the Trolls scored the next four points to create a double-digit gap at 100-89. They held the RedHawks off in the remaining time to come away with the nine point win.

Trinity shot an impressive .578 from the floor, including .500 percent (8-of-16) from the arc. They were .774 percent (24-of-31) from the line.  IU-Northwest was .479 percent from the field, .387 percent from the arc, and .850 percent from the free throw line. Trinity had 34 rebounds and the RedHawks had 36. Birgans led the team with 26 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and four steals. Joshua Shannon had 23 points, six rebounds, four assists, and five steals. Josh Decker added 19 points and TJ Lacey had 12 points and six assists.

The Trolls play again on January 5 at home in a 3 pm conference game against Judson University.