Zack Norris, Marquel Perry, and Marquis Duncanson led the Eagles in scoring in the first of four games with NCAA Division 1 opponents this season. On Tuesday, Trinity Baptist College Men’s Basketball traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to battle the Bulldogs of The Citadel. The Eagles played very solid basketball on both ends of the court, but the Citadel prevailed 116-66.
Norris buried five three-point shots to compile 15 of his 19 total points, which was the second-highest total on the court behind only Citadel forward Zane Najdawi‘s 28. Norris was 7 for 11 overall on the night, and he scored those points in 25 minutes of play.
Perry, meanwhile, scored 14 points by hitting 50% of his field goal attempts and 3 of 4 free throws while pulling in five rebounds. In addition, Duncanson totaled 13 points on the strength of 2-for-5 three-point shooting and a 5-for-6 performance at the line. Duncanson also assisted 10 other Eagle scores and stole three possessions away from the Bulldogs.
The Citadel played a very clean game defensively, but Perry and Duncanson combined to hit 8 of 10 free throws the Eagles were afforded.
Marcus Dixon and Andrew Bowman each contributed six points in the effort, and Chandler Rivers added five while Caleb Howard scored three. Dixon pulled in 10 rebounds, which led all players on the court.
Trinity had a successful first half of 35% shooting from the field and improved to 44% in the second. The Eagles also connected on 10 of 26 three-point attempts (39%).
Head Coach John D. Jones was very pleased with the effort his young team put forth while playing against the highest level of college basketball: “Playing these games is good for us because our players get to experience NCAA D1 basketball while playing on TV,” he said. “It’s great exposure for our school and the guaranteed check is a significant boost to our budget. For a non-scholarship program to beat a D1, you have to play a perfect game.”
Jones continued: “In recent years we’ve come close to knocking off Bethune-Cookman, Jacksonville University, and UNF. Even though that wasn’t the case tonight, we got better as a team. We were more disciplined offensively with our shot selection, we set a season high for assists, we rebounded with them, and since they pressed us relentlessly for 37 minutes, we got a ton of reps on our press attack and got better there, too.
“I’m most proud of our four veterans. Each showed great heart and competitive spirit throughout, and they kept the team playing hard for 40 minutes.”
The Bulldog’s Tariq Simmons was second on his team with 16 points while Kaelon Harris and Hayden Brown each followed with 11. Frankie Johnson and Matt Fierson had nine each, and seven other bulldogs scored points. The Citadel’s offense shot 57% on the night.
Following a game at Columbia International University on November 29, the Eagles will face NCAA Division 1 opponent #2 on December 2 when they visit the Ospreys of the University of North Florida. Later in the season, the Eagles will play at Jacksonville University (January 2) and the University of South Alabama (January 9). The next home game is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 5, versus the South Region’s Bob Jones University.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC
Photos: The Citadel and SoCon Digital Network Live Stream Screen Shots