Thunder Men's Basketball News
12/8- trine falls in back-and-forth battle at elmhurst
ELMHURST, Ill.-- Trine's men's basketball team came up on the short end of a back-and-forth battle Sunday afternoon, as the Thunder dropped a 72-68 decision to Elmhurst at R.A. Faganel Hall.
The tightly-contested game featured seven ties and 12 lead changes. Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind.) had the best game of his young career for Trine, scoring a career-high 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting. The performance was the first scoring effort of 30+ points by a Thunder player since Ian Jackson scored 44 at Olivet on Feb. 9, 2013. Kyle Wuest led three Elmhurst Blue Jays' in double-figures with 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Trine falls to 3-3 on the season. Elmhurst extends their winning-streak to five and improves to 5-2 overall.
Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio) scored15 points and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds for Trine. Good also notched five assists. Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich.) added 12 points and continued his hot shooting from outside with a 3-of-7 effort from three range. Trine shot 40 percent from the field (22-of-53) and connected on 17-of-24 from the charity stripe (71 percent).
Elmhurst got strong performances off the bench from Kenny Payonck with 11 points, and Pat Coleman and Bryant Ackerman with eight points apiece. The Blue Jays' bench outscored their Trine counterparts 31-1. Nick Sanford added nine points and a game-high 16 boards, while Will Nixon added 10 points. Elmhurst outscored Trine 32-14 in the paint.
Neither team led by more than four in the first half. Dixon came out firing, hitting a blistering 7-of-11 from the field to pour in 17 first half points. A Tatu three gave Trine their largest lead of the game at 19-15 with 7:22 to play in the half. The Jays would rally to take the lead at 29-28 on a jumper by Coleman in the paint, but a pair of free throws by Dixon gave TU a 30-29 halftime advantage.
The Blue Jays opened the second half firing on all cylinders, using a 23-12 surge to open up a 52-42 lead on an Ackerman three with 11:24 to play. The Jays held Trine without a field goal for the first 4:48 of the half.
The Elmhurst lead would hover in the six-to-10-point range until a 7-0 run by Trine got the Thunder right back in the contest. An off-balance jumper from the top of the key and a pair of free throws by Dixon cut the Jays' lead to 62-59 with 5:42 to play. Tarvis Malone (Toledo, Ohio) split a pair of free throws, followed by Good drawing a foul on the drive and converting a pair of free tosses to tie the score at 62-62 with 3:31 to play.
Wuest hit a three, but Good responded with a baseline jumper to cut the Elmhurst lead to one. After Sanford split a pair of free throws, Dixon banked in a driving layup for Trine to tie the score back up at 66-apiece.
The Jays responded, with Nixon converting an old-fashioned three-point play to give Elmhurst the lead for good at 69-66 with 1:54 remaining. Ackerman went on the convert 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch and the Thunder couldn't muster enough offense to rally back.
Trine will return to action when they host North Park next Saturday, Dec. 14 in Hershey Hall. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
12/7- Thunder dominate in big victory at illinois tech
CHICAGO, Ill.â€”Trine controlled the action from start to finish in a dominating 87-33 victory over Illinois Tech Saturday afternoon at the Keating Sports Center.
The Thunder never trailed on the way to the 54-point victory, which fell just two points shy of the largest winning-margin in a game in school-history. Nearly every Trine player got into the act offensively, with 13 of 15 Thunder scoring points. Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind.) lead the way, tying a season-high with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Jake Bagley (Van Wert, Ohio) came off the bench to tie a career-high with 11 points and added five rebounds. A swarming defensive effort by Trine forced Illinois Tech into 33 turnovers. Trine improves to 3-2 overall and have won two in a row. Illinois Tech falls to 0-8 on the season.
The Thunder scored 42 points off turnovers and came away with 19 steals in the contest. The Trine bench outscored their IIT counterparts 57-4. Gage Beaber (Gibsonburg, Ohio) and Jordan Eddy (Coldwater, Mich.) each scored a career-high nine points off the bench for TU. The Thunder shot 49 percent from the floor (36-of-73) on the afternoon.
Anders Bybjerg scored 12 points and added five rebounds to pace Illinois Tech. Anthony Loss added eight points, six rebounds and four assists. The Hawks had nearly as many turnovers (33) as field goals attempted (34).
A jumper by Tyler Good and a three by Dixon got Trine out to a 5-0 lead and the Thunder would never look back. After a three by Bybjerg, the Thunder rattled off 14 straight points to open up a 19-3 lead with 13:52 to play in the first half. Bagley hit a three and added an old-fashioned three-point play for six points during the run. Dixon added four points, while Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich.) and Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio) each added buckets.
The Thunder pushed their halftime lead to 33 to go into the break with a 46-13 advantage. Trine hit 19-of-41 shots from the field (46 percent), including 47 percent from long distance (7-of-15). TU had more field goals made (19) than field goal attempts allowed (17) in the first half, as a superb defensive effort helped Trine force 14 turnovers.
Trine continued their efficient offensive performance and lock-down defense in the second half. The Thunder shot 53 percent (17-of-32) from the field after the break while forcing 19 turnovers.
A jumper by Jordan Brady (Mishawaka, Ind.) pushed the score to 60-20 with 12:41 to play. Beaber gave the Thunder their first 50-point lead of the night at 72-22 with 9:41 remaining in the game. Trine would go on to lead by as many as 56 points.
Trine concludes their weekend road trip tomorrow at Elmhurst. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. EST (3:00 p.m. local CST). The Thunder will look to extend their winning-streak to three in the contest.
12/2- HOT SHOOTING LEADS TRINE OVER ANDERSON
ANGOLA, Ind.-- Hot shooting and a balanced scoring effort led Trine to a 71-48 non-conference victory over Anderson Tuesday evening at Hershey Hall.
The Thunder shot a blistering 52 percent from the field (26-of-50) and connected on 10-of-22 (46 percent) from long range in the victory. The 10 treys were a season-high for Trine. Nick Tatu led the way from the perimeter, with a season-high five threes. Tatu scored 16 points for his second double-figure scoring effort of the season. Tyler Good provided balance from inside the arc with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go along with four rebounds. Good has scored in double-figures in three of the Thunder's four games to open the season. Trine improves to 2-2 on the year. Anderson falls to 0-6.
Todd Watkins added 11 points for Trine. Jake Bagley and Tarvis Malone accounted for the rest of the Thunder's barrage from deep. Bagley connected on three-of-five from beyond the arc for a nine-point night. Tarvis Malone hit all three of his field goal attempts, including both tries from distance, on his way to a season-high eight points. The two threes were a career-high for Malone.
Max Mollaun led the way for Anderson with 11 points of 5-of-12 shooting. He added three rebounds. Steven McCann notched eight points, three boards and three assists for the Ravens. AU shot 36 percent from the floor (19-of-53). The Ravens committed 13 turnovers, which Trine was able to convert into 22 points.
A 11-0 first half run broke open the game early for Trine. Good started the run inside with a layup, which was followed by treys by Tatu and Bagley. Good converted an old-fashioned three-point play to close the run and give the Thunder a 19-8 lead with 10:59 to play in the half. Trine led by as much as 15 before the break when a Good jumper made the score 33-18.
Anderson climbed back into the contest late in the first half with a 12-2 run to leave the outcome in doubt. Cody Jackson provided four points during the run. Four different Ravens contributed points to close the Trine lead to 35-30. AU shot 48 percent from the field in the first half (14-of-29), while Trine hit a blistering 15-of-25 (60 percent).
A layup by Jared Holmquist gave Trine a 45-33 lead with 16:51 to play. The Thunder lead would not shrink to single-digits the rest of the night. Holmquist scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds on the evening. Watkins provided a highlight-reel worthy dunk on a fast-break to push to score to 60-36 midway through the second half. The dunk capped off a 22-4 surge by the Thunder to open the second half.
Trine led by as much as 27 when a Jordan Brady layup made the score 69-42 with 4:52 to play.
Trine will return to action when they travel to Illinois Tech for a 1:00 p.m. CST tip-off this Saturday, Dec. 7.
11/30- Thunder Fall to Heidelberg
ANGOLA, Ind.-- Three players scored in double-figures to lead Heidelberg to a 74-51 victory over Trine in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Hershey Hall.
Deonte Holder came off the bench to score 16 points and pace the Student Princes to the victory. Cole Williams added 14 points off the bench as Heidelberg held a 45-15 advantage in points off the bench. Jared Holmquist led Trine with 15 points, seven rebounds and a game-high five blocks. Heidelberg improves to 3-2 on the season with the victory. Trine is now 1-2 overall.
Will Dixon notched 14 points off the bench on 5-of-11 shooting for Trine. Nick Tatu added nine points. The Thunder shot 34 percent from the field (18-of-53).
Keith Mackie was the only Heidelberg starter to reach double-figures with 10 points. The Student Princes connected on 56 percent of their shots from the field (29-of-52).
A 14-1 run by Heidelberg to start the second half stretched a 35-30 Heidelberg halftime lead into a commanding 49-31 advantage. Holder scored six points during that stretch, which concluded when Josh Pollner converted a layup with 12:07 to play. The Student Princes would go on to lead by as much as 24.
Trine will return to action Monday night when they host Anderson in non-conference action at 7:00 p.m. in Hershey Hall.
11/21- SECOND HALF SURGE LEADS THUNDER TO SEASON OPENING WIN
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - After the Thunder shook off the rust to a brand new season and settled into new roles, they turned a three point halftime deficit into a big win at Kalamazoo Thursday night with a 63-51 win over Earlham College.
Like any team, Trine’s new season brought some question marks. They had to find a way to replace the production of departed seniors Ian Jackson and Scott Rogers. Jackson was the conference’s most valuable player a year ago and the fifth-leading scorer in Trine University history. Rogers was a four-year starter and in the top-20 in the school’s career scoring.
The Thunder (1-0) started slowly against the Quakers (0-3), hitting just 26 percent of their shots in the first half. Even with the tough shooting, Trine’s customary tough defense and ball control kept them in the game. The Thunder forced 11 first half turnovers and kept the pressure on the Quaker guards on the perimeter.
Earlham’s biggest lead of the first half was six at 26-20, after a bucket by Quaker sophomore guard Jack O’Flaherty with 1:12 left before the break. Trine bounced back immediately with a long ball from junior Jake Bagley (Van Wert, Ohio/Van Wert) to head into the locker room trailing, 26-23.
It was a tougher and more focused Trine team who took the floor immediately in the second half. The half-court defense intensified and they forced Earlham into more miscues.
Senior and team captain Todd Watkins (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Bernard) hit a layup to pull to within one. Then, it was time for junior Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) to take over. His layup gave the Thunder a 27-26 lead and provided a glimpse of things to come. Good scored 15 of his career-high 21 points in the second half and served as the catalyst of the offense.
Earlham briefly bounced back to lead 34-29, but it wouldn’t last. Trine blasted a 28 to 8 run over the next 13 minutes to gain firm control of the game. That span was highlighted by 13 points by Good, including an old-fashioned three point play and several jumpers and slashes toward the basket. Sophomore Tarvis Malone (Toledo, Ohio/St. Johns Jesuit) scored five in-a-row during the run, including his first three-point field goal of the year.
Earlham would never get closer than 11 the rest of the way, and Trine coasted to a 63-51 win.
The Thunder shot 47 percent in the second half and 34 percent overall. That was mitigated largely to the staggering turnover differential forced by the Thunder. Trine created 22 Earlham turnovers and committed just five of their own. That continues to be a strength for a team who placed among the nation’s leaders in fewest turnovers per game last year.
Good was aggressive and confident on his way to a career-high 21 points on 9 of 18 shooting. Watkins notched a double-double with 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) totaled eight points and eight rebounds and played 32 minutes.
Freshman Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville) was quick and impressive with the ball in his collegiate debut, scoring seven and recording three steals.
Junior point guard Dustin Hall (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) was supremely solid, dishing out nine assists and not committing a single turnover. He also pulled down five rebounds and swiped a game-high five steals. Bagley finished with six points, and Malone scored five.
Trine gets right back into action on Friday Nov. 22 with a match-up against Manchester University in Kalamazoo at 8 p.m. Both games are a part of the MIAA-HCAC Challenge.
3/28 - Jackson Earns Two More All-American Honors
ANGOLA, Ind. - Trine University men’s basketball player Ian Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) has garnered two more All-American honors this week, bringing his total All-American awards to three for the 2013 postseason.
Earlier in the week, the senior guard was named to the 2013 DIII News All-American Fourth Team after averaging 21.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game on the year. Jackson was one of only 25 players selected to one of the five DIII News All-American teams and the only player from the MIAA.
Then, on Thursday March 28, it was announced that Jackson was named to the 2013 D3hoops.com All-American Honorable Mention team. Jackson was one of just two players named a D3hoops.com All-American that were also selected to the All-Region Great Lakes team. Jackson was again the only MIAA representative among the five teams announced. A full list of the honorees can be found here.
Jackson, the schools fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,781 career points, ends his four years at Trine as one of the most decorate players in school history. Earlier this year Jackson garnering All-American honors by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and was selected to play in the NABC 2013 Reese’s Division III College All-Star game. Jackson was also named to the NABC Great Lakes All-District First team and the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region First Team.
In addition to the regional and national honors, Jackson became the first Thunder player to earn MIAA MVP honors since Trine joined the conference in 2004. He was also selected to the All-MIAA First Team for the third straight year.