Trolls Battle with Cougars

The Trolls battled to the final second in a conference game at Saint Xavier University (Chicago, Illinois). It was a back and forth game in the first half and at the break Trinity trailed by two points at 40-38. The Trolls did not take the top spot on the scoreboard in the second period, but they pushed the Cougars to the end. In the final seconds Trinity pulled to within two points, but ended with an 89-85 loss. The team is now 5-13 overall and 1-8 in the CCAC.

The first half was a back and forth game as the lead changed hands 15 times and the score was tied four times.  The largest lead in the half at six points held by Saint Xavier and that was in the first five minutes. By the half only two points separated the teams as the Trolls trailed at 40-38.

Saint Xavier started the second half on a 15-to-4 run to build an 11 point lead. Trinity continued to trail throughout the half, but was consistently knocking at the door. Down 78-69 with 4:30 to play the Trolls closed the gap to three points over the next three minutes.  

A lay-up by Myles Birgans with a minute left kept the Trolls within three at 83-80. Saint Xavier scored on a tip-in on their next possession, but the Trolls gained ground on a trey by Josh Decker with 38 seconds left. The team came up with the defensive stop with a steal, but their following lay-up attempt was blocked and Saint Xavier got possession. The Cougars went 4-of-4 from the line to in the final seconds to build a six point lead before the Trolls scored at the buzzer for the final difference of four points.

The Trolls were .540 percent from the floor, .444 percent from the arc, and .750 percent from the line. Saint Xavier shot .610 percent from the field, .333 percent from the three-point line, and .923 percent from the charity stripe. The Trolls ended with 22 rebounds and the Cougars had 33. Birgans led the team with 28 points, connecting on 6-of-8 from the arc. TJ Lacey had 20 points and seven assists. Joshua Shannon was just shy of double double with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Trinity continues conference action on January 12 in a home game against Indiana University-South Bend at 3 pm.