Trine Men's Basketball Falls to Hope in Overtime
Saturday Jan 27, 2018 12:00am
Angola, IN

For the second time this week, the Trine University men's basketball team battled its opponent to overtime, but this time, fell on the losing end of an 88-84 outcome against Hope (Mich.) College in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Associationmatchup at the MTI Center.

All five starters for the Thunder scored in double figures, led by sophomore Maurice Hunter(Monroe, Mich./Monroe) who posted a second-straight double-double finishing with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Myles Copeland (Perrysburg, Ohio/Toledo St. John's) led the team in points with 19 and shot an even 50.0 percent (eight-of-16) from the field. Sophomore Langston Johnson (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Central) was second in scoring with 18 points and had four three-pointers (four-of-nine overall). The junior duo of Pete Smith(Bristol, Ind./Northridge) and Marcus Winters (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) both ended the game with 10 points each. Winters also added eight boards and dished out five assists.

Both teams played a fast back-and-forth pace for the entirety of the game which resulted in nine ties and 13 lead changes. Trine (9-10, 5-3 MIAA) scored the first three points of the game to grab the early lead, but an ensuing 8-0 scoring run by Hope (11-8, 5-3 MIAA) put the Flying Dutchmen ahead by five points, 8-5, with 17:26 to go in the first half.

Trine then outscored the visitors, 11-4, with a total of six points scored by Copeland, to regain the lead, 14-12, at the 15:04 mark. Hope eventually took the lead back and led by as many as six points, 32-26, with 8:13 left to play. The Thunder later pulled to within a point, 36-35, with just under four minutes to go thanks to a triple by Johnson, but the Dutchmen would lead by three points at the break, 42-39.

Trailing by four points, 52-48, with 14 minutes left in regulation, Trine scored seven straight points that began with a tre by Smith, to pull ahead on the scoreboard, 55-52. Hope took the lead with 10:19 to go and maintained a slight advantage until the 2:42 mark when Trine recaptured control as part of back-to-back three-pointers by Johnson and sophomore Jason Clune (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) to make the score, 73-71.

Hope evened the game at 73-73 on a jumper with just over a minute-and-a-half on the scoreboard. Both teams had chances for the possible go-ahead and winning shot in the final seconds, but could not convert, keeping the game knotted at 73-73 and forced overtime.

Niether squad led by more than a basket in the ovetime period up until the 1:30 mark when the Dutchmen connected on consecutive three-pointers to move ahead, 86-82. Following a layup by Hunter that cut the deficit in half, 86-84, with 37 seconds on the clock, Hope put the game away with a pair of free-throws to claim the 88-84 victory.

Hope also had five players score in double figures, led by Jason Beckman who finished with a game-high 25 points.

Trine will wrap-up its three-game homestand on Wednesday, Jan. 31 when the Thunder take on Olivet (Mich.) College at the MTI Center. The two teams will square-off at 7:30 p.m.

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