ALBION, Mich. - It was a big win for the Trine University men's basketball team as they moved into second place in the MIAA with a 70-54 win over Albion College. The Thunder improve to 10-5 on the season and 3-1 in the conference.
Trine started the game on fire as they quickly jumped out to a 10-1 lead just three minutes into the game. The Britons would battle back late in the half as they would go on a 9-3 run to take a one point lead. The two teams traded buckets over the next couple of minute as the score was tied at 24 with just over three minutes remaining in the half. The Thunder would roll through the final minutes of the half as they outscored Albion 10-1, taking a 34-25 lead at the break.
Albion would score six of the first eight points coming out of the locker room to trail by just five, but that would be as close as the Thunder would let them get. Trine scored six unanswered points to push their lead to 11 points and never looked back. Trine led most of the final 10 minutes of the game by double figures.
Trine was led by the junior tandem of Ian Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) and Scott Rogers (Waterford, Mich./Kettering) as they nailed down 24 and 22 points respectively. Rogers grabbed a game a game-high four steals to go along with six boards while Jackson added in five assists. Senior Tim Pearcy (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg) also played solid, adding in 16 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. Freshman Braden Knight (Bedford, Ind./Bedford North Lawrence) was the only other Trine player to score as he added eight points and five rebounds. Sophomore Chris Kent (Angola, Ind./Angola) led the Thunder offense with a game-high six assists while also picking up three steals.
Trine held a 35-to-27 advantage on the boards while also forcing 18 Britons turnovers, 10 of which came by way of steals. The 20 points scored by Jackson and Rogers marks the fourth time the season at least two Thunder players have scored 20 or more points in the same game. The win for Trine for now moves them into sole possession of second place in the conference as Adrian will play Olivet later this evening.
Trine will travel to Olivet on January 18 to take on the Comets at 7:30 p.m.