Marcus Dixon scored a game-high 16 points as the Trinity Baptist College Eagles played their second NCAA Division 1 opponent of the season when they visited the University of North Florida Saturday night. The Eagles played steady, solid basketball for 40 minutes, but the Ospreys’ late run gave them the 85-58 victory. The game aired on ESPN 3 and Watch ESPN.
Dixon, a Jacksonville native, shot a consistent 50% (8 for 16) on the night while also pulling in 10 rebounds and assisting four other scores.
Zack Norris hit double digits with 10 points. He was 2 for 3 from beyond the arc, and he also blocked four Ospreys shots in the second half.
Trinity came out firing from the opening whistle. The Eagles shot 44% in the first half and led 19-17 just before the midway point.
Marquel Perry and Jykayle Walker each totaled seven points, and a trio of Eagles — Chandler Rivers, Marquis Duncanson, Andrew Bowman — each put up six. Trinity shot 38% on the night and connected on four three-pointers.
The game was tied midway through the first half until UNF hit a barrage of three-pointers to take a 41-32 lead into the intermission. The Ospreys continued that hot three-point shooting out of the locker room and late in the second half. UNF made seven three-pointers in the second half as part of the 45.5% overall shooting on the night.
Ivan Gandia-Rosa led the Ospreys with 14 points, and Wajid Aminu followed with 13, all in the first half. Noah Horchler (12) and Osborn Blount (11) also topped double-digits for UNF. Blunt and Ryan Burkhardt each hit three three-point shots.
The Eagles will travel to Rome, Georgia, on Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9. The GNTC Classic will feature both the men and women’s teams playing Georgia Northwestern Technical College on Friday and either Welch College or Georgia Gwinnett College (men)/Hiwassee College (women) on Saturday, pending the outcomes of Friday’s games.
The Eagles will then visit Keiser University on December 12 in the team’s last game before the Christmas break. The team will then play at NCAA Division 1 Jacksonville University on January 2 and return home to face South Region opponent Bob Jones University on January 5.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC