Trinity Falls at Governors State

The Trolls could not get a win they needed in a conference game at Governors State University (University Park, Illinois). The game was a close battle that had both teams taking their share of the lead. Trinity was ahead by three at the half, but ended in a five-point loss at 88-83. The team falls to 11-16 overall and 6-13 in the conference.

The Trolls started out strong and surged to a 17-6 lead in the opening six minutes. Two minutes later they were still ahead by 11 points, but Governors State went on a 16-to-3 run to take over the lead with 7:30 to play. The score was tied four times in the rest of the half as the teams battled back and forth. A three-pointer by Juozas Balciunas in the final seconds gave the Trolls a 38-35 half-time lead.

Trinity maintained their lead through the first part of the second period. In the middle of the period the lead fluctuated back and forth and with six minutes left tie was tied at 69-69. Governors State scored the next six points and then extended their lead to 82-72 with 2:44 to play.

Trinity continued to fight and a pair of free throws by Myles Birgans with one minute left brought the team to within four. The Jaguars stretched their lead only to have it cut to four again with seven seconds left after Birgans nailed a three-pointer. However time ran out before the Trolls could erase the gap.

For the game Trinity shot .625 percent from the game, including .731 percent in the second half. They were .389 percent from the arc and .600 percent from the line. Governors State shot .491 percent from the field and was .545 percent from the arc where they were 7-of-9 in the second half. The Jaguars also scored 22 points from the free throw line.

Trey Johnson led the Trolls with 21 points, 4 rebounds, and three blocks. Birgans added 20 points and six rebounds. Jordan Perry ended with 15 points and Caleb Jonkman had 11. Balciunas finished the game with six assists.

Trinity is next in action on February 15 at Purdue University-Northwest at 7 pm.