Trine picks up 50-46 win over Beavers
November 24, 2009
By: Brandy Bidlack, sports information assistant
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ANGOLA, Ind. - The Bluffton University men's basketball team came up short against
Trine as the Thunder rolled to their first win of the 2009-10 campaign with a 50-46
defeat of the Beavers on Tuesday, November 24, 2009. Bluffton dropped to 0-4 on the
season, while Trine improved to 1-2.
The Thunder opened with a 7-0 run to start the first half until a jumper from Steve Swick (Elida) put the Beavers on the scoreboard. A minute later, Nick Lee (Mt. Blanchard/Vanlue) drained a trey, pulling Bluffton within two. A layin from
Lee tied the game at seven with 12:50 to play in the half.
With 10:48 on the clock, Josh Eichar (North Baltimore) found Orry Moughler (Butler, Ind./Eastside) behind the arc. After a brief Trine rally, Chris Singleton (Wapakoneta/Ada) nailed a pair of freebies which closed the gap to two. With less
than a minute remaining in the first half, two Beaver layins made it 27-21 in favor
of Trine at the break.
Just three minutes into the second period, senior guard Jordan Pothast (Ottawa/Ottawa-Glandorf) added two from the charity stripe. After a pair of Brent Farley (Lima/Shawnee) free throws, Pothast drained a triple to put the Beavers up, 29-27.
At the 13:45 mark, Eichar picked up a steal and converted the layin at the other end.
It sparked the Beavers as Josh Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) hit a jumper, followed by a layup from Farley. An 18-2 jag by
the Beavers that spanned the final minute of the first half and eight minutes of the
second stanza made the score 35-29 in favor of Bluffton with 12:34 to play in the
Trine picked up the pace at the five-minute mark when it tied the game at 40. Despite
two jumpers from Farley and a pair of Nate Heckelman (Norwalk) charity tosses, the Thunder proved to be too much as Trine defeated the
Bluffton men by a final tally of 50-46.
The Beavers were once again led by sophomore Brent Farley who went 6-of-9 from the
floor and 3-for-8 at the line for a total of 15 points. Farley also finished with
seven assists, two blocks and a steal. Jordan Pothast chipped in seven points and
fellow senior Josh Eichar added five steals and dished out three assists in the loss.
Lee had five points and grabbed a career-high 10 boards. Fisher contributed five counters
for the Beavers.
Bluffton went 16-of-39 (41 percent) from the field, while Trine hit 20-of-55 (36.4
percent). Both teams drained four triples, but the Beavers converted just 10-of-20
(50 percent) from the charity stripe, compared to 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) for the Thunder.
The Beavers grabbed seven more rebounds than the Thunder (36-29), while Bluffton committed
11 more turnovers than the home team (21-10).
The Beavers will be back in action on Saturday, November 28, when they host Adrian
College. The contest is slated to start at 3 p.m. in Founders Hall.