Marquel Perry led the Eagles with 12 points, and Jykayle Walker scored 10 as Trinity Baptist College played a tough NAIA Sun Conference team in Ave Maria University. Trinity held the lead for much of the first half and shot 47% in the second, but Ave Maria pulled away in the second half and won 74-54.
Perry was 6 for 11 from the field to compile his team-high 12 points. Walker was 2 for 6 but sank all six of his free throws in totaling double-digits in points. Chandler Rivers was next with eight points, and Marquis Duncanson (7), Caleb Howard (6), Terry Byrd (6), and Zack Norris (5) all scored for the Eagles. Howard and Byrd each hit two three-point shots, and the Eagles were a solid 7 for 11 overall from the free-throw line in what was a clean game for both teams regarding personal fouls.
The biggest difference came from behind the arc, where the AMU Gyrenes hit 13 of 34 attempts (38%). The Gyrenes used five of those three-pointers to open a nine-point halftime lead (30-21). Following a 10-2 run by the Gyrenes out of the locker room, Trinity pulled to within nine just past the midway point of the second half. AMU, however, shot an incredible 57% from the field, including 8 of 17 for three, in the second half to earn the win.
Jovan Grujicic led the Gyrenes with 13 points, and Josh Flowers scored 10. Greenan Sullivan, Jonathan Simmons, and Lucas Uzdavinis each had nine points in helping to lead Ave Maria in scoring.
Trinity will play its next two games at home on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18. Friday’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. EST with Trinity College of Florida and is the Eagles’ first South Region game of the season. On Saturday, the Eagles’ game with Florida College is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
The next seven games are all on the road beginning at NCAA Division 1 opponent The Citadel (Charleston, South Carolina) on Tuesday, November 21.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC
PHOTO: Ave Maria University Men’s Basketball, avemariagyrenes.com