Trolls Take Down St. Francis

The Trolls ended their four-game losing streak with a victory at the University of St. Francis (Joliet, Illinois). Trinity led through most of the first half and at the intermission they had a 28-27 lead. St. Francis took over the top spot in the first part of the second half, but Trinity recovered to control the scoreboard in the final minutes. In the end the team came away with a three point win at 71-68. The Trolls are now 7-19 for the season and 3-14 in the CCAC.

In the first half the Trolls held the lead through the majority of the period. Midway through the half they went on a seven point run to go ahead by nine at 22-13. In the remaining minutes the Trolls were out-scored 14-to-6 to head into the half-time with only a one point lead at 28-27.

St. Francis scored the first 10 points of the second half to take a nine point lead. Trinity closed the gap, but continued to trail until a three-pointer by Patrick Bray with seven minutes left gave the Trolls the lead at 56-53. Except for brief period, the Trolls did not give up the top spot.

With the score tied at 63-63, Trinity scored the next five points on a three-pointer by Bray followed by a jumper by Joshua Shannon.  St. Francis answered with five points to deadlock the teams at 68-68 with 1:15 to play. The Trolls went ahead on a lay-up by Shannon and extended their lead to three points when Bray hit the front end of a bonus with 20 seconds left.  In the remaining seconds the Saints had two attempts at three-pointers to tie the game, but both missed the mark and the Trolls took the win.  

The Trolls shot .453 percent from the field, .350 percent from the arc, and .462 percent from the line. St. Francis was .347 percent from the floor, .292 percent from the three-point line, and .529 percent from the line.  Trinity had 41 rebounds while St. Francis had 53. Shannon led the team with 21 points and nine rebounds. Bray ended with 14 points and Myles Birgans had 10 as did Josh Decker. TJ Lacey had nine points and four assists.

The Trolls play next at home on February 9 against Olivet Nazarene University at 3 pm.