Marcus Dixon was the Eagles‘ leading scorer with 15 points as Trinity Baptist College Men’s Basketball battled the #1 team in NCCAA Division 2 when they played Randall University Friday at the Johnson University of Florida Classic in Kissimmee. The Eagles played a terrific game, but the two-time defending national champion Saints held off Trinity’s second-half comeback effort to win 76-63.

Marcus Dixon led the Eagles with 15 points.

Dixon was 5 for 11 from the field and 5 for 8 at the line to compile his team-high point total. He also pulled in six rebounds and was a main part of the second-half comeback effort.

After trailing by 14 (37-23) at the half, the Eagles fought back to pull to within eight with just minutes remaining before the Saints’ #1 defense held off that effort. Marquel Perry scored nine second-half points as part of that effort, and Kaleb Botts hit two three-point shots as part of his nine points to help bring the Eagles to within eight.

Marquis Duncanson drives the lane.

The Eagles shot a very impressive 44% overall from the field, including 46% from beyond the arc, while sinking 15 of 23 free throw attempts. Chandler Rivers was second on the team with 11 points, including a three-pointer.¬†Zack Norris had two three pointers of his own for his six points while Marquis Duncanson (5), Jykayle Walker (4), and Ethan Payne (4) all contributed points in the Eagles’ effort.

Randall’s Trey Sneed led all scorers with 19 points. Sneed is the reigning two-time NCCAA Division 2 Player of the Year. Antonio Wilson put up 18 points, and Isaac Bowles (12) and Dante Lewis (10) also reached double-digits. Four more teammates scored points for Randall. The Saints shot 49% from the field and 74% from the line.

The Eagles shot 44% from the field.

On Saturday, the Eagles will play fourth-ranked Grace Bible College at 2:00 p.m. EST. Two road games will follow — at Toccoa Falls College on January 19 and Crown College on January 20 — before the next home game on January 23.

Raymond Bureau, TBC

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