Thunder Men's Basketball News
3/4- good named first-team all-miaa
Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) earned First Team honors following a season in which he led the conference in minutes played (34.9 per game). The junior led the Thunder in scoring, pouring in 15.2 points per contest on 43 percent shooting. His average of 15.9 points per game in conference play ranked fourth in the MIAA. Good also led the team in assists, dishing out 2.8 per contest- the sixth-best mark in the conference. He finished third in the league with a 2.23 assist-to-turnover ratio. Good's work passing and taking care of the basketball was instrumental in helping Trine finish second in the nation in fewest turnovers per game.
Highlighting Good's efforts this season was a 31-point effort in a 74-56 victory over Alma. Good scored in double-figures in all but three of Trine's 26 games this season. He was named MIAA Player of the Week on Jan. 6 after averaging 18.5 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 assists in leading the Thunder to wins at Ohio Northern and Mount Vernon Nazarene.
Getting to the free throw line was a big part of Good's offensive success this season. Good shot 81 percent from the line (sixth in the MIAA) and averaged just over five free throw attempts per game. He also scored efficiently from beyond the arc, hitting 41 percent of his attempts from long range.
Trine finished the season 15-11 overall and 8-6 in the MIAA. The Thunder finished tied with Albion for third-place in the conference. Trine has finished third in the league each of the past three seasons.
Calvin center Tyler Kruis, who led the Knights to the MIAA tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament, was named the conference's Most Valuable Player. He finished third in the MIAA in scoring at 16.5 points per game in league play and also ranked third in field goal percentage at 59 percent.
The complete 2014 All-MIAA Men's Basketball Team is listed below.
MVP: Tyler Kruis, Calvin-Sr.
All-MIAA First Team
G- Jordan Brink, Calvin- Jr.
G- Alex Eidson, Hope- So.
G-Mark Ghafari, Kalamazoo- Sr.
W- Tyler Good, Trine- Jr.
C-Nate VanArendonk, Hope- Sr.
C- Tyler Kruis, Calvin- Sr.
All-MIAA Second Team
F- Tyler Dykstra, Calvin- Jr.
G- Ben Gardner, Hope- So.
F- Jordan Herron, Albion- So.
G- Brandon Krause, Alma- So.
G- Blake Krum, Olivet- Jr.
F- Adam Peters, Kalamazoo- Jr.
2/26- thunder fall just short in miaa-semifinals
HOLLAND, MICH.-- Hope rallied back late in the second half and pulled out a 65-62 overtime victory over Trine's men's basketball team in the MIAA-Semifinals Wednesday night at DeVos Fieldhouse.
The Flying Dutchmen outscored the Thunder 18-8 over the final 11:29 of regulation and were able to make enough plays in the extra stanza to earn the victory. Nate VanArendonk notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Hope. Caleb Byers scored a game-high 18 points for the Dutch. Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville led Trine with 26 points on 10-of-24 shooting. Trine concludes the season 15-11 overall. Hope advances to the MIAA-Championship to face Calvin Saturday afternoon.
The two teams played virtually even through the open 13-plus minutes before the Thunder used an 8-2 run to seize control. Dustin Hall (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) hit a corner jumper with the shot-clock winding down, while Dixon and Jake Bagley (Van Wert, Ohio/Van Wert) each drained threes from the left wing to put Trine up 24-19 with 3:30 remaining in the first half.
The Thunder outscored the Flying Dutchmen 15-8 over the final 6:28 of the first half to take a 31-25 lead into the break. Dixon led the way with 12 points in the first half. Bagley provided a huge lift with eight points on a pair of threes and a put-back to go along with five rebounds. The junior's four offensive rebounds proved valuable as the Thunder scored on two of the extra possessions produced by Bagley's work on the offensive glass. Bagley finished the night with eight points and six rebounds.
Trine was able to push their lead for the first time early in the second half when Dixon hit a slick up-and-under move in the lane to make it 39-29 with 17:29 to play. The Thunder lead would stay between seven and 10 until Hope made their push.
An 8-1 run that spanned seven-plus minutes pulled the Dutch within 52-49 with 4:27 to play. Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) answered with a three, but Stuive matched it at the other end to keep it a one-possession game.
After a pair of Dixon free throws, Stuive answered with another three before a Dixon floater made it 59-55 with 2:03 on the clock. Ben Gardner then tracked down a loose-ball for the Dutch and drove the lane for the layup. After an empty possession for the Thunder, Van Arendonk drew a foul and knocked down a pair of free throws to tie the score. Neither team was able to score on their final possession, and the two teams headed to OT.
Gardner went to the hole to get the Dutch on the board in the overtime stanza, which was answered by a floater by Good. The teams traded empty possessions before VanArendonk drew a foul and split a pair of free throws to make it 62-61 in favor of Hope. Alex Eidson hit a pair of free throws with 14 seconds remaining to push the score to 64-61.
Dixon was fouled at the other end and hit the first. Caleb Byers rebounded the intentional miss on the second free throw and was fouled. Byers made the first free throw. The Thunder rebounded the second miss and had a chance to tie, but the desperation heave fell just short.
Trine shot 44 percent on the night (24-of-55). Hope hit 21-of-46 from the field (47 percent). Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) added 13 points for the Thunder. Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) scored eight points and notched eight rebounds.
Gardner added 11 points for Hope and hit 3-of-7 from the field. Corey McMahon notched seven points for the Dutch.
2/19- thunder fall to fourth in miaa with loss to albion
ANGOLA, IND.-- Trine's men's basketball team was defeated by Albion, 51-41, in MIAA-action Wednesday night at Hershey Hall.
The Britons controlled the paint, outscoring Trine 30-14. A suffocating effort by Albion defensively held Trine to 32 percent shooting (16-of-50). The Britons outrebounded Trine 39-24. Leading the way for Albion was Jordan Herron, who scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville) paced Trine with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting. With the victory, Albion picks up the no. 3 seed in the MIAA Tournament and will face Calvin in the semifinals. The Britons are 14-10 overall and 8-5 in the conference. Trine falls to fourth in the league at 14-10 overall, 7-6 in league play. The Thunder will face Hope in the MIAA Tournament semifinals.
Dustin Hall (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) filled the stat sheet with seven points, five rebounds and three assists. The Thunder hit just 3-of-22 attempts from three-point range (14 percent) and shot 43 percent from the free throw line (6-of-14).
Eric Evans came off the bench to score 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting for Albion. The Britons shot 44 percent from the field (19-of-43). Paced by Evans, the Albion bench outscored their Trine counterparts 18-9.
After taking their first lead at 3-2 with 17:02 remaining in the first half, Albion would not trail the rest of the contest. The Britons would go on to lead by as much as 17 in the second half.
Trine closes out its regular season at Olivet this Saturday, Feb. 22. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
2/15- calvin rallies back late to defeat trine
ANGOLA, IND.-- After trailing by as much as nine, Calvin rallied back to defeat Trine's men's basketball team 69-65 in MIAA-action Saturday afternoon in Hershey Hall.
After the Knights trailed the entire second half, Jordan Brink hit a three to tie the score at 62 with 1:25 on the clock. After a Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville) jumper restored the trine lead, Tyler Kruis hit an off-balance three with the shot clock winding down to give the Knights the 65-64 lead with 34 seconds remaining. Calvin got a pair of stops at the other end and hit their final four free-throw attempts to close out the win. Kruis led the Knights with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) scored 19 points and added eight rebounds to pace the Thunder. Calvin clinched a home-game in the first round of the MIAA Tournament with the victory and improved to 18-5 overall, 10-2 in the MIAA. Trine drops into a tie for third with Albion at 7-5 in the conference. The Thunder are 14-9 overall.
Dixon added 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting and dished out three assists for Trine. Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) knocked down four treys for 12 points. Trine shot 45 percent from the field (25-of-56).
Brink notched 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Knights. Jordan Daley added 10 points, while Mickey DeVries scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds. Calvin shot 50 percent from the field (25-of-50) and hit 88 percent from the line (15-of-17). The Knights held a 28-24 edge in the paint.
Calvin led by as much as nine in the first half when they jumped out to a 13-4 lead with 14:38 to play. The Knights hit six of their first eight attempts from the field to pace the hot start. Trine closed the half on a 13-2 run over the final 5:47 to play. A Good jumper in the closing seconds gave the Thunder a 35-32 halftime lead.
An 11-5 start the second half gave Trine it's largest lead at 46-37 with 15:15 remaining. The Thunder would lead the entire second half until Brink's three with 1:25 left sent the game to the deciding stretch.
Trine will host Albion as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Hershey Hall. The Thunder and Britons enter the game tied for third-place in the MIAA. The winner of Wednesday's game will have the inside-edge for the no. 3 seed in the upcoming MIAA Tournament.
2/11- thunder pull away from alma in second half for win
ANGOLA, IND.-- After a tight first half, Trine's men's basketball team pulled away from Alma to earn a 84-63 victory over the Scots in MIAA-action Wednesday night in Hershey Hall.
After a Chase Fairchild three knotted the score at 47-47 with 15:38 to play, the Thunder took control to outscore Alma 36-16 the rest of the way. Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) notched a double-double, scoring a career-high 28 points to go along with 10 rebounds to lead Trine. Holmquist has scored 20 or more points in three straight games. He is averaging 24.3 points on 70 percent shooting during that span. Paced by Holmquist, the Thunder outscored the Scots 38-16 in the paint. DJ Beckman led Alma with 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting, connecting on 5-of-6 attempts from three-point range. Trine improves to 14-8 overall and 7-4 in MIAA play. The win ensures the Thunder can finish no worse than a tie for fourth in the MIAA. Alma falls to 4-17 overall, 3-7 in MIAA action.
Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) scored 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting for Trine. Dustin Hall (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) added a career-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) came off the bench to provide a spark with 12 points. Trine shot 55 percent from the field (29-of-53) and are shooting 55 percent over their three-game winning streak.
Scott Nikodemski notched nine points and dished out six assists for Alma. Isiah Law added eight points and four assists. The Scots hit 49 percent from the field (23-of-47), including 9-of-19 from three-point range (48 percent). Alma committed 16 turnovers, which Trine turned into 23 points.
Beckman's hot shooting kept Alma in the game through the first 25-minutes of play. The Sophomore hit 7-of-9 from the field and scored 20 points through the 15:38 mark of the second half. After Fairchild's three tied the score however, it was all Trine the rest of the way.
A 9-2 run featuring a three and a jumper by Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville) and a pair of buckets by Holmquist opened up a seven-point lead. Holmquist scored 11 of his points in the first seven-minutes of the second half.
After a Jake Murawske three cut the score to 56-52 with 11:56 remaining, the Thunder responded with 10-2 spurt to take their first double-digit lead of the night. Tatu knocked down back-to-back threes to highlight that stretch. Alma would not cut the Trine lead to single-digits the rest of the night.
Trine will put their three-game winning streak on the line when they host second-place Calvin this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1:00 p.m. in Hershey Hall. The game will be big for seeding in the upcoming MIAA Tournament, with the Thunder trailing the Knights by two games for second-place and holding a one-game lead on Albion for third.
2/8- historic shooting effort leads thunder over hornets
KALAMAZOO, MICH.-- Trine's men's basketball team turned in one of the best shooting performances in school-history on their way to a 84-68 victory over Kalamazoo in MIAA-action Saturday afternoon at Anderson Athletic Center.
The Thunder shot 65.2 percent from the field (30-of-46) on the afternoon. The effort was the second-best shooting percentage by a Trine team since the school transitioned to Division III, narrowly missing the school record of 67.4 percent (31-of-46) set against Franklin on Nov. 18, 2008. Leading the way for the Thunder was Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City), who scored a career-high 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting. Holmquist averaged 22.5 points on 76 percent shooting in two games this week. Chase Baysdell led Kalamazoo with 16 points. Trine improved 13-8 overall and moved into third-place in the MIAA with a 6-4 league record. Kalamazoo falls to 9-12 overall and 4-6 in conference play.
Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsvile) scored 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting for Trine. The freshman has now topped 20 points in five games this season. Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) added 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Dustin Hall (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) once again made an impact with his passing, dishing out a season-high nine assists. Hall has 16 assists to just four turnovers since joining the starting lineup Wednesday. The Thunder hit 8-of-11 from three-point range (73 percent).
Adam Peters notched 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting for Kalamazoo. The Hornets shot 56 percent from the field (24-of-43), but were held to just 5-of-16 (31 percent) from long-distance.
The Thunder came out of the gates on fire, hitting their first four buckets to open up a 10-1 lead at the 16:53 mark. Todd Watkins (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Bernard) and Holmquist provided buckets inside, while Dixon and Good splashed in treys to pace the hot start.
Trine would continue that torrid shooting pace throughout the entire first half, as the Thunder hit 16-of-21 attempts from the field (81 percent) prior to the break. Trine hit eight-consecutive field goal attempts following the 10-1 start to hit 12 of their first 14 field goal attempts. That helped open up a 29-14 lead after a Jake Bagley (Van Wert, Ohio/Van Wert) three with 8:09 to play in the first half.
The hot shooting would pace Trine to lead by as much as 19 in the first half. Dixon closed the half with a three at the buzzer to make the score 50-32 at the break. Homlmquist scored 14 points on 7-of-7 shooting in the first 20 minutes.
Though the Thunder cooled off in the second half, Kalamazoo was unable to overcome the large deficit. Trine led by as much as 25, and the Hornets were never able to pull any closer than 16.
Trine returns to action Wednesday night when they host MIAA-foe Alma at 7:30 p.m. in Hershey Hall. The Thunder are 6-2 at home this season.
2/6- thunder grind out road win at adrian
ADRIAN, MICH.â€”Trine's men's basketball team gutted out a 60-51 win over Adrian in MIAA â€“action Thursday evening in Merillat Gym.
A 21-11 surge to open the second half helped Trine open up a double-digit lead they would hold through most of the second half. Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) led the way for Trine with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) came off the bench to score 14 points and hit 3-of-4 treys. Wes Reed paced Adrian with 12 points. Trine improves to 12-8 overall, 5-4 in the MIAA. Adrian falls to 5-15 overall, 1-8 in conference play.
Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) added 14 points for Trine. Dustin Hall (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) made a big difference with his passing, dishing out seven assists to just one turnover. Trine shot 46 percent overall (21-of-46), including 12-of-20 in the second half (60 percent).
Curtis Gordon notched 10 points for Adrian. The Bulldogs shot 31 percent overall (16-of-51) and were 13-of-23 from the free throw line (57 percent).
Holmquist went to work early in the second half, scoring the Thunder's first 10 points to spark a 10-3 run. Holmquist went to work on the block, converting two old-fashioned three-point plays and taking advantage of an undersized Adrian front-line. The hot start to the second half gave Trine their first double-digit lead at 35-23 with 15:14 to play.
Holmquist's muscle inside helped open up the perimeter for Tatu, who drained back-to-back threes. Tatu was fouled on the second of those threes and converted the free throw to make the score 42-29 with 14:05 on the clock. That effort was part of a 21-11 surge to start the second half for the Thunder. Holmquist scored 18 points in the second half.
Adrian would not pull within single-digits until a three by Wesley Reed cut the score to 54-45 with inside of three minutes remaining in the contest. The Bulldogs would pull within 55-50 with 49 seconds remaining after a pair of free throws by Reed, but that was as close as Adrian would get.
Trine plays the second of two-straight on the road Saturday, Feb. 8 when they travel to Kalamazoo. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. A Trine win would keep the Thunder in sole-possession of fourth-place in the MIAA.
2/5- men's basketball game postponed
ANGOLA, IND.-- Tonight's men's basketball game at Adrian has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
2/1- hope shooting, defense too much for trine
ANGOLA, IND.â€” Hot shooting and tight defense paced Hope to a 67-56 victory over Trine's men's basketball team in MIAA-action Saturday afternoon in Hershey Hall.
The Flying Dutchmen hit 49 percent of their shots on the afternoon (23-of-47), while holding Trine to a 29 percent clip (16-of-56). The Hope bench outscored their Thunder counterparts by a 25-4 mark. Leading the way for Hope was Alex Eidson with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) notched his fifth double-double of the season for Trine with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Hope improves to 12-6 on the season, 6-1 in the MIAA. The Thunder fall to 11-8 overall and 4-4 in the MIAA.
Ben Gardner notched 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting for Hope. Caleb Byers added 10 points off the bench.
The Dutchmen got off to a hot start, shooting 59 percent from the field (13-of-22) in the first half. A late 6-0 run gave Hope a 10-point lead in the closing seconds of the half. A pull-up jumper by Dixon cut the lead back to single digits, but Grant Neil threw in a three from well beyond half-court to give the Dutch a 39-28 halftime advantage.
Hope would push their lead to as much as 15 in the second half. Trine made a late 6-0 run to pull with 63-56 with 1:29 remaining, but Eidson converted a layup-and-one at the other end to put the game out of reach.
Holmquist hit 5-of-13 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line on his way to earning the double-double. The sophomore is tied for the conference lead in rebounding in MIAA games.
Trine returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 5 when they travel to Adrian. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
1/29- thunder grind out victory over olivet
ANGOLA, IND.-- Trine's men's basketball team ground out a 61-57 victory over Olivet in MIAA-action Wednesday night in Hershey Hall.
The Thunder were able to prevail in a game in which neither team led by more than nine. Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) led the way for Trine with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Good has now scored in double-figures in 13-consecutive games. Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) added his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Olivet was led by Blake Krum, who came off the bench to score 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Trine improves to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the MIAA. Olivet falls to 3-14 overall, 1-5 in conference action.
The efforts of Good and Holmquist helped pace Trine to a 32-24 scoring advantage in the paint. Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville) added 10 points for the Thunder. Trine shot 39 percent from the field (24-of-62).
T.J. Vondette notched 10 points and seven boards for Olivet. The Comet bench outscored their Thunder counterparts 25-4, due in large part to the efforts of Krum. R.J. Haas added eight points off the bench. Olivet connected on 34 percent from the field (19-of-56).
The key stretch of the game came after a 12-5 Comet surge cut the Trine lead to 52-51 with 3:45 remaining in the contest. The teams traded defensive stops after offensive rebounds earned each team an extra possession. Good picked the perfect time for his only three of the night, canning a long-range trey to make the score 55-51 with 1:41 left on the clock.
Krum was able to answer at the other end for Olivet to keep it a one-point game with 1:18 to play. On the ensuing Trine possession, Holmquist tipped in a miss after a shot with the shot clock winding down to push the lead back to three. Krum missed a three at the other end, and Dustin Hall (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) knocked down two free throws to put the game out of reach.
Good added a pair of free throws after another Trine defensive stop before Kevin Woodson hit a three as time expired for the final margin.
Trine will open the second half of conference play Saturday, Feb. 1 when they host Hope at 1:00 p.m. in Hershey Hall. The game is part of Hoop-la Community Day in conjunction with the women's doubleheader against St. Mary's at 3:00 p.m. Admission to both games is free, and there will be many giveaways and prizes throughout the day.
1/25- thunder comeback attempt falls short at albion
ALBION, MICH.-- A late second half run by Trine's men's basketball team fell just short as the Thunder fell to Albion in MIAA action at Kresge Gymnasium.
After trailing by as many as 15, the Thunder fought back to cut the deficit to two, but were unable to get any closer. A 19-6 surge to close the first half helped Albion take the lead, and a later 11-2 surge in the second half stretched the Britons' lead to 15. Jordan Herron led four Britons in double-figures with 15 points and six rebounds. Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville) paced Trine with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Dixon has now topped 20 points four times this season. Trine falls to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in the MIAA. Albion improves to 11-6 overall, 5-1 in the conference.
Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting for Trine. Todd Watkins (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Bernard) added 10 points and seven rebounds. The Thunder shot 48 percent from the field (26-of-54) and held a 40-32 edge in the paint.
Lawrence Ridgell scored 13 points, while Zach Hurth came off the bench score 13 on 4-of-4 shooting for Albion. Dakota Kazen added 10 points. The Britons shot 49 percent from the field (23-of-47) and hit 17-of-26 free throws (65 percent).
Trine led by as much as six on several occasions in the opening 12 minutes of play. Dixon paced the hot start with seven points as the Thunder built a 19-13 lead with 8:33 to play.
The rest of the first half belonged to Albion however, as the Britons outscored Trine 19-6 the rest of the way to take a 32-25 lead into the break. Hurth scored six points of an 8-0 run to give the Britons the lead for good. A three by Vince Hill as time expired capped off the strong close to the first half.
The difference would stay around seven until the 11-2 run by the Britons turned a 46-40 lead into their largest lead, 57-42, with 11:01 remaining. Once again, Hurth did the majority of the damage with five points during the run.
That run didn't completely put the Thunder away, as Trine later used a 9-0 run to pull within four. The run included four points off drives by Good, and a dunk by Watkins off a feed by Dustin Hall (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side). A finger-roll by Good brought the score to 62-58 with 2:40 on the clock. Trine held Albion without a field goal for over eight minutes to spark the comeback.
A layup by Ridgell and a pair of free throws by Dakota Kazen pushed the lead back to eight. Good and Dixon each hit shots in the lane, while a pair of free throws by Ridgell pushed the Briton lead back to 68-62 in the closing minute. A three by Dixon cut the score to 68-65 with 18 seconds left. The Britons missed a pair of free throws after a Trine foul, but the Thunder were unable to get a clean look as time expired.
The Thunder will return to action Wednesday, Jan. 29 when they host Olivet at 7:30 p.m. in Hershey Hall. The Trine basketball teams will host Community Day Saturday, Feb. 1 starting with the men taking on Hope at 1:00 p.m .
1/24- thunder basketball teams to host community day
ANGOLA, IND.-- Trine University’s basketball programs welcome the community to attend “Hoop-la Community Day,” set for Saturday, Feb. 1 at Hershey Hall on the campus of Trine University.
Community Day events will be centered around a basketball doubleheader featuring the Thunder men hosting Hope at 1 p.m., followed by the Thunder women hosting St. Mary’s at 3 p.m. Admission to both games is free for all fans. Free t-shirts will be available to the first 300 adults and 100 youth in attendance, with special events and giveaways continuing throughout both games. Doors for the event open at 11:00 a.m.
The basketball teams will host “Hornet Day” as part of the Community Day festivities. The teams will welcome and recognize the Angola middle and high school teams, as well as the Junior Hornets (grades 1-6). These teams will be recognized at halftime of the men’s game. The Angola Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team will be recognized at halftime of the women’s game.
Halftime entertainment will feature a game of dodgeball between campus Greek organizations. If time permits, a three-point shooting contest will take place.
Between games, free hot dogs will be served for 200 guests. Hot dogs will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The women’s basketball team will hold its Senior Day festivities prior to taking on St. Mary’s in the second game of the doubleheader. The team will honor seniors Megan Engle, Lauren Tait and Liz Hartley for accomplishments during their Trine careers.
After the conclusion of the women’s game, fans will have the chance to win $100 if they can be the first guest to sink a half-court shot. The first fan to knock down the half-court heave will win the prize.
Additional giveaways throughout the afternoon will include Thunder sleeves and gift cards to The Depot, courtesy of Bon Appetit.
Trine University is a member of the nation’s oldest athletic conference, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Located in Angola, Ind., Trine University is home to more than 600 student-athletes who compete in 21 varsity sports.
Parking is available in either lot adjacent to Hershey Hall.
1/22- thunder fall at calvin
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.â€” A strong close to the first half and quick start to the second opened up a big lead for Calvin and paced the Knights to a 71-49 victory over Trine Wednesday evening at Van Noord Arena.
A 23-6 surge spanning the final seven minutes of the first half and opening four minutes of the second half turned a 25-21 Trine lead into a 46-31 advantage for the Knights. The Thunder would get no closer than nine the rest of the way. Calvin is just the second MIAA opponent to top 70 points against Trine this season. The Knights were led by Tyler Kruis with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) paced Trine with a game-high 21 points. Trine falls to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in the MIAA. Calvin improves to 12-4 overall, 4-1 in the conference.
Tyler Dykstra notched a double-double for the Knights, with 14 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Jordan Brink added 12 points. Calvin shot 55 percent on the night (26-of-47).
Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) added nine points for Trine. The Thunder shot 30 percent overall 17-of-57.
Trine had to play from behind through most of the first half after the Knights jumped out with a 9-2 over the first four minutes of the contest. Trine was able to fight back to take a 13-12 on a three-and-one by Dixon. The Thunder would go on to lead by as much as 25-21 after a Good three, but the Knights would close out the half on a 16-4 run to take a 37-29 lead at the break.
Calvin opened the second half the same way the game started, with a 9-2 run. Kruis (five points) and Dykstra (four points) paced the Knight run. Trine would get no closer than nine the rest of the way.
Trine will travel to Albion this Saturday, Jan. 25. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
1/18- hot-shooting leads thunder over alma
ALMA, MICH.-- Trine's men's basketball team rode a hot-shooting night to a 74-56 victory over Alma in MIAA-action Saturday evening at Art Smith Arena.
The Thunder shot 51 percent on the night (28-of-55). Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) led the way for Trine with a career-high 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Good's performance was the second scoring effort of 30+ points by a Thunder player this season. Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) notched his third double-double of the season, scoring 12 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Brandon Krause led Alma with 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting. He added six rebounds. Trine improves to 10-5 on the season and 3-1 in MIAA play. Alma falls to 2-12 overall, 1-2 in the MIAA.
Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) scored 12 points, hitting 3-of-5 from long distance. Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville) added 10 points for Trine. The Thunder turned 12 Alma turnovers into 17 points, while committing just eight turnovers themselves.
Scott Nikodemski scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting for Alma, while Chase Fairchild added 10 points on a 4-of-7 effort from the field. The Scots shot 38 percent on the evening (17-of-45). Alma is the third-straight MIAA opponent Trine has held below 60 points. The Thunder have the best scoring defense in the conference
The Scots took a 15-13 lead at the 12:42 mark on a Krause three, but the rest of the first half belonged to Trine. The Thunder finished the half strong with a 29-15 surge to open up a 42-30 lead at the break. Trine shot 61 percent from the field in the first half (19-of-31).
The momentum carried over to the second half as Trine would go on to lead by as much as 70-45 on a Good dunk with 8:33 to play. Good scored 10 of his points as part of a 23-9 surge that opened up the 25-point lead. The junior has now scored in double-figures in 10-straight games and has been held below 10 points just twice this season.
Trine returns to action this Wednesday, Jan. 22 when they travel to Calvin. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
1/15- defensive effort leads trine over kalamazoo
ANGOLA, IND.-- A superb defensive effort led Trine's men's basketball team to a 64-59 victory over Kalamazoo in MIAA action Wednesday evening in Hershey Hall.
The Thunder held the Hornets, who entered the contest as the top scoring team in the MIAA at 82 points per game, to 23 points below their season average. Trine entered the game as the top defensive team in the league. Highlighting the defensive effort was the Thunder's work on MIAA-leading scorer Mark Ghafari. The senior guard entered play averaging 27 points per game, but was held to just 13 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) was a big part of the defensive effort, drawing the bulk of one-on-one matchups with Ghafari. Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville) paced four Thunder in double-figures with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Trine improves to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in MIAA play. Kalamazoo falls to 6-8 overall and is 1-2 in the MIAA.
Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) notched 15 points for the Thunder, doing most of his damage from long distance with four treys. Good chipped in 13 points on the offensive end. Todd Watkins turned in a clutch second half performance offensively, scoring all 10 of his points in the game's biggest minutes. The Thunder shot 36 percent from of the field overall (20-of-56).
Chase Baysdell led the Hornets with a double-double, scoring 15 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Adam Peters added 12 points and six boards. Adam Dykema rounded out Hornets scoring in double-figures with 10 points. Kalamazoo shot 38 percent on the evening (24-of-63).
Trine never trailed in the contest and got off to a hot start, scoring the first seven points of the game. A three by Tatu and a pair of layups by Jared Holqmuist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) paced the hot start. That would match the largest lead of the half for the Thunder as the two teams played virtually even the rest of the half, which concluded with Trine holding a 32-28 lead.
The Thunder pushed the lead as high as 10 in the second half, but that didn't come until 3:44 remained in the contest. Watkins provided key offense in the half, showing off a nice mid-range jumper and taking the ball to the rack for his points.
Kalamazoo pulled within five on numerous occasions in the game's closing minutes, but the Thunder had an answer. After the Hornets cut the score to 57-52 with 42 seconds remaining, Good broke ahead of the press for a two-fisted dunk. A late layup by Peters cut the score to 62-59 with nine seconds left, but a pair of free throws by Tatu put the game out of reach. Trine hit 14-of-19 free throws overall (74 percent), including 8-of-10 in the final 1:06.
Trine will look to extend their MIAA-winning streak to three when they travel to Alma this Saturday, Jan. 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
1/11- thunder pick up first miaa-win of season
ANGOLA, IND.-- Trine's men's basketball team picked up their first MIAA win of the season with a 69-59 victory over Adrian Saturday afternoon in Hershey Hall.
An opportunistic Thunder defense turned 17 Bulldog turnovers into 26 points. Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) led Trine with a career-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks. Holmquist earned his points on 6-of-9 shooting and hit 9-of-11 free throws. As a team, Trine connected on 28-of-34 from the charity stripe (82 percent). The 28 made free throws were the most by a Thunder squad since the team sank 29 against Mount St. Joseph in 2010. A 13-0 second half run helped the Thunder close out the victory. Adrian was led by Ben Rodak, who scored 19 points and added six rebounds. Trine improves to 8-5 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. Adrian falls to 4-9 overall and 0-2 in the MIAA.
Reigning-MIAA Player of the Week Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) continued his strong performance of late with a 19-point effort for Trine. Good connected on 5-of-7 from the field and all nine of his free throw attempts. Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville) added 10 points. The Thunder shot 46 percent from the field (19-of-41).
Wes Reed added 11 points for Adrian on 4-of-11 shooting. The Bulldogs shot 43 percent from the field (21-of-49) and hit 12-of-17 from the free throw line (71 percent). Adrian held a 26-22 edge in the paint.
The Bulldogs started strong and built a 9-6 lead with 14:33 to play in the first half, after a three by Reed and a pair of free throws by Rodak gave Adrian five-straight points. Trine answered with a layup by Dixon, and a pair of free throws by Good gave Trine the lead for good. Those buckets were part of a 8-0 Thunder run.
A strong 18-7 surge over the final 7:25 of the first half gave Trine a little breathing room heading into the break. Holmquist scored nine of his points during this stretch, including knocking down a corner three with the shot clock winding down. Holmquist scored 17 points in the first half, tying his previous career-high in the first 20 minutes of the contest. His toughness down on the block helped Trine hold a 16-4 advantage in the paint in the first half to open up a 36-25 lead.
Adrian would not go quiety however, as the Bulldogs used a 13-0 run to pull as close as 44-39 with 10:24 to play. The Thunder would restore order though with an 8-0 run. Dustin Hall (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side) started the run with a driving layup. Todd Watkins (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Bernard) following with a jumper to give Trine a nine-point lead.
Then Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) made the hustle play of the game, skidding across the floor to come away with a steal and getting the ball to Watkins, who drew a flagrant foul. Watkins hit a pair of free throws to stretch the lead back to double-digits. The Thunder kept the ball and Good hit a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession. After Watkins split a pair of free throws, Good capped the run with a thunderous two-fisted slam on a drive through the lane to make it 55-39 with 6:23 remaining.
Adrian pulled as close as seven in the closing minute, but Trine was able to ice the game from the free throw line. Watkins came up big in the second half for the Thunder, scoring all seven of his points in the game's final 20 minutes.
Trine will Kalamazoo in the second game of a basketball doubleheader Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Hershey Hall. The Thunder and Hornets will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. or a half hour after the conclusion of the preceding women's contest between Trine and Alma, which begins at 6:00 p.m.
1/9- second half run leads hope over trine
HOLLAND, MICH.-- Trine's men's basketball team played MIAA-foe Hope tough through the the first half, but a big second half run helped the Flying Dutchmen pull away for a 75-61 win Thursday night at DeVos Fieldhouse.
A 13-0 run in the second half turned a four-point Hope lead into a 17-point advantage. Trine would get no closer than 10 the rest of the way. Alex Edison led four Flying Dutchmen in double-figures with 15 points. The Flying Dutchmen shot 52 percent from the field (27-of-52). Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) paced Trine with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Trine falls to 7-5 overall and opens MIAA conference play 0-1. Hope improved to 7-5 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists for Trine. The Thunder were held to 36 percent shooting (22-of-62), including just 3-of-16 from three-point range (19 percent)
Nate VanArendonk hit all six of his field goal attempts to score 12 points for Hope. Ben Gardner added 12 points and six boards, while Corey McMahon came off the bench to notch 10 points. The Flying Dutchmen bench outscored their Trine counterparts 30-14. Hope also held a 38-30 advantage in the paint.
Trine started hot and raced out to an 11-6 lead just over four minutes into the contest. Four different players scored during the opening stretch, which saw the Thunder connect on their first four field-goal attempts and knock down three free throws.
Hope would claw back and knot the score several times over the following minutes. The Flying Dutchmen broke through and took the lead for good on a Cody Stuive three with 6:04 to play in the first half. Hope went in to the break clinging to a 35-31 lead.
The Thunder were able to hang around early in the second half and keep the deficit to four before Hope's 13-0 broke open the contest. The Flying Dutchmen hit 5-of-7 from the field and were 2-of-2 from the free throw line during their big run, which concluded with Hope leading 53-36 with 11:40 remaining in the contest. The Dutchmen would go on to lead by as many as 21, with Trine getting no closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Trine will look to rebound when they host Adrian this Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3:00 p.m. in Hershey Hall.
1/6- Good named MIAA Player of the week
ROYAL OAK, MICH.-- Trine forward Tyler Good has been named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) averaged 18.5 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 assists in leading the Thunder to non-conference victories over Mount Vernon Nazarene and Ohio Northern last week. The junior filled the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the 57-47 victory at Mount Vernon Nazarene. He followed that with a career-high 25 points to go along with eight rebounds in a 73-68 victory at ONU. He played all 40 minutes in that game. Good is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He is the second Thunder player to be honored as Player of the Week, joining Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) who won the award Dec. 16.
Good shot 48 percent from the field (13-of-27) and connected on 9-of-10 free throw attempts (90 percent) on the week. This season Good ranks second on the Thunder squad in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per contest. He adds 5.1 rebounds and a team-best 2.9 assists per game. Good is shooting 57 percent from three-point range (8-of-14).
Trine enters MIAA play with a 7-4 record. The Thunder will open conference play this Wednesday, Jan. 8 when they travel to Hope. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
1/4- trine gets big road win at ohio northern
ADA, OHIO-- Trine's men's basketball team closed the non-conference portion of their schedule with a tight 73-68 road win over Ohio Northern Saturday afternoon at ONU Sports Center.
The Thunder led by as much as 11 in the first half, but Ohio Northern made a big run to take a haltime lead. Neither team led by double-digits the rest of the way. A key 14-3 run by Trine midway through the second half gave the Thunder the lead for good. A career-high 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting from Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio/Evergreen) paced the Thunder offensively. Good played the full 40 minutes of the contest and also pulled down eight rebounds. He was one of four Thunder in double-figures. Branden Rushton, the leading scorer in the Ohio Athletic Conference, led the Polar Bears with 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Trine will head into MIAA conference play with a 7-4 overall record. Ohio Northern falls to 6-5 on the season.
Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) turned in another strong effort down on the block for Trine with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds. Holmquist did the majority of his damage from the free throw line, knocking down 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) and Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind./Zionsville) each added 13 points. The Thunder shot 48 percent from the field (22-of-46) and 86 percent from the free throw line (24-of-28). Trine also held a 30-16 advantage in the paint.
Jordan Martin was the lone other Polar Bear to reach double-figures, coming off the bench to score 12 points. Martin hit all three of his attempts from long range and finished 4-of-5 from the field. The Polar Bears were anything but frigid from three, hitting 8-of-15 of their attempts from long range (54 percent). Overall, ONU shot 45 percent (26-of-58) of their field goal attempts.
The first half remained tight until an 8-0 run by Trine opened up a 30-19 Thunder lead with 6:44 to play. Good scored five of those points on a layup and three, while Tatu added a three. The Polar Bears hit right back with a strong surge of their own to close the first half on a 19-6 run. A layup by Jared Hortsman in the closing minute made the halftime score 38-36 in favor of ONU.
Ohio Northern would hold onto that slim lead until the Thunder took back the advantage for good with a 14-3 run. Good started the run with a layup-and-one to cut the score to 48-47 with 15:59 to play. Martin answered with a three, but a jumper and another old-fashioned three by Good gave Trine a 52-51 lead with 14:29 on the clock. A jumper by Tatu, a layup by Dixon and a Todd Watkins (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Bernard) jumper closed out the run and gave Trine a 58-51 lead with 11:33 to play.
The Polar Bears would not cut the Trine lead to one possession until 1:10 remained, when a jumper by Rushton cut the score to 67-64. ONU had a chance to tie with 10 seconds remaining, but the Thunder forced a missed three and Tatu hit a pair of free throws for the final 73-68 margin.
Trine will play their MIAA-opener this Wednesday, Jan. 8 when they travel to Hope. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
12/31- Thunder close out 2013 with victory
MT VERNON, OHIO-- A superb defensive effort helped Trine close out 2013 with a 57-47 victory over Mt. Vernon Nazarene in non-conference action New Year's Eve in Ariel Arena.
The suffocating Thunder defense held the host Cougars scoreless for a 10:16 span between the first half and second half. That stretch helped Trine turn a tie game into a 17-point lead, which would not shrink to single digits until the closing minutes. The Thunder held Mt. Vernon Nazarene to 34 percent shooting (16-of-47) in the contest. Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich.) paced the Thunder offensively with a season-high 20 points and connected on a season-high six threes. Bryan Redic was the lone Cougar to reach double-figures with 11 points. Trine improves to 6-4 on the season. Mt. Vernon Nazarene falls to 3-11 overall.
Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 14 points and added six rebounds for the Thunder. Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio) filled the stat sheet with 12 points, six boards and five assists. Trine shot just 34 percent from the field (18-of-53), but connected on 8-of-18 from long distance (44 percent) and 77 percent from the free throw line (13-of-17).
Martell Medley scored nine points, adding seven rebounds and five assists for the Cougars. Trine forced Mt. Vernon Nazarene into 20 turnovers in the contest. The Cougars did hold a 13-0 advantage in points off the bench.
After Medley hit a pair of free throws to knot the score at 21-apiece with 1:25 to play in the first half, the Thunder locked down defensively to hold MVNU scoreless over the next 10:16. Trine did not allow the Cougars to hit a field goal for over 15 minutes of playing time, spanning from a Patrick Lucas jumper with 6:45 to play in the first half to a Jacob Starinsky three with 11:12 remaining.
A jumper by Tyler Good gave Trine the lead for good at 23-21 with 54 seconds remaining in the first half. The Thunder would take that lead into the break.
Trine scored the first 15 points of the second half, which proved too much for MVNU to overcome. Dixon scored seven points, while Tatu added a pair of threes during that stretch. Trine would lead by as much as 18 when Tatu hit another three to put the Thunder up 47-29 with 8:09 remaining in the contest.
The Cougars were able to rally to close the Thunder lead to 51-44 with 2:01 to play on a layup by Medley, but were unable to pull any closer.
Trine will play their third of four-consecutive road contests when they travel to Ohio Northern this Saturday, Jan. 4. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
12/21- Thunder fall to wabash in overtime
CRAWFORDSVILLE, IND.-- Trine's men's basketball team was unable to survive a tight road contest at Wabash, as the Thunder fell to the Little Giants 67-65 in overtime Saturday afternoon.
Wabash rallied back from a six point deficit in the final 2:37 to force OT, and outscored Trine 5-3 in the extra frame to take home the victory. The Little Giants were led by Ross Sponsler and Andy Walsh, who each scored 16 points. Sponsler added seven rebounds. Wabash outrebounded Trine by a 44-30 margin. Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich.) led Trine with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, with all attempts coming from three-point range. Trine falls to 5-4 on the season. Wabash picks up its first win and is now 1-8 overall.
Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 16 points for Trine while playing the full 45 minutes of the contest. Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio) filled the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich.) notched 11 points. Todd Watkins (Cincinnati, Ohio) rounded out the Trine scoring with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting. The Thunder shot 40 percent overall (23-of-57).
Kyle Aiton notched 13 points for Wabash. The Little Giants had five players come away with seven or more rebounds. Wabash held Trine to 9-of-31 shooting (29 percent) over the second half and overtime periods. The Little Giants held a 22-12 scoring edge in the paint and a 24-8 advantage in bench scoring.
The Little Giants faced a 62-56 deficit with 2:37 remaining in the contest. Pete Nicksic hit a layup and drew the foul, converting the free throw for an old-fashioned three-point play to cut the deficit to three. After two empty Trine possessions, Sponsler buried a three to tie the score with 31 seconds to play. The Little Giants forced a miss to send the game into overtime.
Trine regained the lead with 4:04 to play in the OT period when Watkins buried a jumper off a dish from Good. Aiton came right back with a layup at the other end to tie the score. Good split a pair of free throws to give Trine the lead again, but Sponsler countered with a layup to give Wabash the lead. After a Trine miss and a foul, Aiton split a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left to provide what would turn out the be the final 67-65 margin.
Trine had several chances to tie, but were unable to convert on any of their three field goal attempts in the closing seconds to give Wabash the victory.
The second half and overtime were a huge change of pace from the first half. The two teams combined for 79 points in the first half, and 53 points the rest of the game. Tatu hit five threes in the first half as the Thunder shot 14-of-26 from the field (54 percent) and 73 percent from three (8-of-11). Wabash connected on 48 percent (14-of-29) from the field prior to halftime.
Trine will look to get back on track when they continue their four-game road trip on New Year's Eve when they travel to Mount Vernon for a 3:00 p.m. non-conference matchup.
12/18- THunder rally back late to defeat franklin
ANGOLA, IND.-- Trine's men's basketball team rallied back from a seven-point deficit late to earn a 78-74 non-conference victory over Franklin Wednesday evening in Hershey Hall.
The Thunder trailed 71-64 with 4:52 to play, but outscored the visiting Grizzlies 14-3 the rest of the way to earn a hard-fought victory. Trine held Franklin to one field goal over the final 8:05, which came on a meaningless three as time expired. Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind.) led four Thunder in double-figures, scoring 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting and dishing out three assists. Dixon has scored 20-plus points in three consecutive games. Dion Smith scored 17 points to lead Franklin. Each team shot very well, with Trine connecting on 52 percent from the field (29-of-56) and the Grizzlies hitting 25-of-49 (51 percent). The contest was tight throughout, with four ties and 17 lead changes. Trine improves to 5-3 on the season and has won four of their last five games. Franklin falls to 5-4 overall.
Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich.) added a season-high 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-9 from three-point range. Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio) notched 15 points, while Jared Holmquist added 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Todd Watkins (Cincinnati, Ohio) provided key minutes off the bench, scoring seven points and playing solid defense down the stretch despite playing with four fouls. Thunder hit 60 percent from distance (9-of-15) and 15-of-18 from the charity stripe (83 percent).
Bailey Howard scored 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting for Franklin. Troy Porter added 12 points, while Robbie Prather came off the bench to score 11 points and knock down all three of his attempts from distance. The Grizzlies committed 16 turnovers, which resulted in a 22-17 points off turnover edge for Trine.
The key stretch of the game came after Franklin had used a 21-6 surge to take a 71-64 lead with 4:52 to play. Dixon and Tatu each drew fouls and buried both free throw attempts to cut the deficit to three. A steal by Dixon gave the Thunder possession again, and Good found Holmquist for a layup to cut the score to 71-70 with 3:03 on the clock.
Franklin missed a three at the other end and regained possession with an offensive board, but a block by Holmquist gave the Thunder another big defensive stop. Good drew another foul at the other end and split a pair of free throws with 1:37 on the clock to tie the score. At the other end, Watkins was fouled while rebounding a miss and split a pair of free throws to make it 72-71 with 1:17 to play.
On the ensuing possession Watkins made the defensive play of the game, coming from the help side to sky for a block with a minute remaining. On the ensuing Thunder possession, Dixon drove the lane, drew the contact and hit a tough fall-away off the glass to give Trine a three-point lead. Dixon converted the free throw for the old-fashioned three to make it a two-possession game, 75-71 with 26 seconds to play.
The Thunder came away with a pair of stops, and Dixon and Tatu combined to hit three out of four free tosses to put the game away. Prather hit a three at the buzzer for Franklin to give the Grizzlies their only field goal after the 8:05 mark of the second half.
Trine will look to extend their winning-streak to three when they travel to Wabash for a 3:00 tip-off this Saturday, Dec. 21.
12/16- Holmquist named miaa player of the week
ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Trine forward Jared Holmquist its Player of the Week in men’s basketball for games played through December 15.
The sophomore from Reed City, Mich. (Reed City HS) was a force down low for Trine in their 87-73 victory over North Park Saturday afternoon. Holmquist notched a double-double and set career-highs with 17 points and 17 rebounds. The effort on the glass was the best by a Trine player since the school transition from NAIA to Division III (10 years). He hit 7-of-13 shots on the field. Holmquist's presence on the offensive glass (six offensive boards) helped the Thunder hold a 16-4 advantage in second-chance points in the game. His performance helped Trine improve to 4-3 overall on the season.
On the season, Holmquist is averaging 9.0 points on 46 percent shooting. The forward's 7.4 rebounds per game leads Trine and ranks second in the MIAA. He has scored in double-figures three times and has two double-doubles to his credit.
Trine returns to action this Wednesday, Dec. 18 when they host non-conference foe Franklin at 7:00 p.m. in Hershey Hall.
12/14- Balanced scoring leads trine over north park
ANGOLA, IND.-- All five Trine starters scored in double-figures as the Thunder defeated North Park 87-73 in non-conference action Saturday afternoon in Hershey Hall.
The balanced offensive attack kept the North Park defense scrambling as Trine shot 50 percent (28-of-56) from the field, with a Thunder player picking up an assist on 17 of those makes. Will Dixon (Indianapolis, Ind.) led Trine with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting, hitting a variety of tough leaners in the lane. Jared Holmquist (Reed City, Mich.) turned on a monster effort with his second double-double of the season, setting career-highs with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Holmquist's work on the block helped Trine hold a 16-4 advantage in second-chance points. Aaron Weaver scored 32 points on 10-of-15 shooting to pace North Park. Weaver added nine rebounds. Trine improves to 4-3 overall on the season. North Park falls to 2-4.
Tyler Good (Swanton, Ohio) turned in his second-consecutive double-figure effort with 19 points to go along with a career-high seven assists. Jake Bagley (Van Wert, Ohio) scored a career-high 13 points and added nine rebounds. Nick Tatu (Clarkston, Mich.) rounded out the superb effort from the Thunder starting five with 14 points, connecting on 4-of-6 from three-point range.
Juwan Henry came off the bench to score 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting for North Park. The Vikings shot 46 percent from the field (27-of-59). The Vikings picked up assists on just eight of their field goals.
The first half was a tight affair throughout and featured 10 ties and 13 lead-changes. Neither team led by more than four prior to halftime. Dixon's 10 points and Holmquist's 10 rebounds paced Trine in the first half. Weaver scored 16 points in the half, while Hall added 10 to pace the Viking first half effort. Trine went into the break with a 35-33 lead.
North Park opened the second half with a mini 8-4 surge to take their final lead of the contest at 41-39 with 18:03 to play. A circus-shot in the lane and a three by Dixon gave Trine the lead for good at 44-41 with 15:48 remaining in the contest.
The Thunder lead would hover between one and five until a 12-2 run gave Trine some cushion. With Trine clinging to a 55-51 lead, Tyler Good started the run by drawing a foul and knocking down a pair of free throws. On the ensuing North Park possession, Dixon came away with a steal and found Tatu for a transition three to push the lead to nine. A foul on the Vikings allowed Trine to keep possession, and Good made the Vikings pay with a triple to open up a 63-51 lead.
A layup by Henry momentarily stopped the surge, but Dixon answered with another bucket in the paint. Good capped off the run with a pair of free throws to make the score 67-53 with 7:44 remaining in the contest.
The Vikings were unable to get any closer than six the rest of the way. Trine iced the contest with 9-of-11 made free throws in the final 4:16 of the contest. The Thunder hit 21-of-29 (72 percent) from the charity stripe on the afternoon.
Trine returns to action Wednesday, Dec. 18 when they host Franklin for a non-conference tilt. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Hershey Hall.
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.