Marquis Duncanson‘s three-pointer midway through the second half put the Eagles ahead to stay, and Trinity Baptist College held on for the win over the NAIA’s St. Andrews University Knights by a score of 65-59 Saturday afternoon at home. Duncanson’s three completed a comeback surge in which the Eagles outscored St. Andrews 31-19 to turn a six-point deficit into a six-point win.
Duncanson connected from the left corner to complete a 13-2 run that put Trinity ahead by five with 8:29 left to play. He led the Eagles with 15 points overall.
Those six-point margins were the biggest advantage that either team had throughout the entire game.
St. Andrews, though, kept the game very tight until the end and pulled to within two with only 15 seconds left on Warren Vinson‘s basket. Vinson also converted a foul shot with eight seconds left to keep the game at a three-point margin at 62-59. Clutch 5-for-6 free-throw shooting from Nick Baskin, Brandon Tucker, and JyKayle Walker in the remaining time gave Trinity the extra cushion and provided the margin of victory.
Marcus Dixon had his biggest scoring total of the young season so far with 10 points. Andrew Bowman scored nine, and a trio of Eagles — Tucker, Baskin, and Chandler Rivers — each totaled eight while Walker finished with seven.
The Eagles shot 40% overall and continued their hot three-point shooting by hitting 7 of 21 attempts (33%) while also converting 16 free throws. The defense held St. Andrews to 31% shooting although the Knights hit six three-pointers and 11 of 17 free throw attempts. The Eagles also blocked three shots from St. Andrews.
Vinson led all scorers with 22 points, and St. Andrews had 10 different players score. Bryan Brache was second on the team with eight, Isaac Clay had seven, and Jamaan Bailey scored six to help lead the Knights. Vinson hit four of eight three-point attempts, and Bailey sank two from beyond the arc. St. Andrews pulled down 38 rebounds to Trinity’s 35 and blocked four Eagle shots.
The Eagles will have a week off before playing NAIA Ave Maria University at home at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9. A four-game road trip will follow between November 13 and 29 that will include stops at NAIA Florida College (November 15) and three NCAA Division 1 opponents: Bethune Cookman (November 13), Charleston Southern (November 19), and Campbell University (November 29). The next home game afterward is against South Region rival Bob Jones University on December 7.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics