Morris, MN: The Trinity Bible College Lions men team is looking to right the ship as of late that see’s them in a five game slump. The Lions headed into Tuesday night’s game coming off a tough overtime loss at the hands of Dakota College Bottineau. The Lions were looking to turn things around as they visited University of Minnesota Morris.
The Lions however stumbled out of the gates as Morris would open the game on a 12 to 2 run over the first five minutes of the game. The Lions would get down by 11 point with nine minutes left in the first half. They then used a nice run to get within three points of the Cougars but Morris would answer the call and hit back to back three pointers to push their lead back to nine. The Cougars largest lead came with four minutes left in the half as they went up by 15 points over the Lions and they eventually went into halftime with at 41to 31 lead. The one bright spot for the Lions in the first half was guard Mikey Rosario who was shooting the ball well and led all scorers with 17 first half points.
The second half seemed to be a mirror image of the first half for the Lions, as they struggled both offensively and trying to keep the Cougars off the glass. University of Minnesota Morris went on to defeat the Lions by 23 points 94 to 71.
The Lions offense struggled in the loss but four players still managed to score double figures, senior guard Mikey Rosario led the way with 27 points. Junior guard AJ Anthony added 16 points, David Rohrbach added 11 points and senior post Cameron Martell scored 10 points off the bench for the Lions. Offensive rebounds and turnovers plagued the Lions in the game as they gave up 28 offensive rebounds to the Cougars and turned the ball over 20 times.
The loss drops the Lions to 7-12 on the season with two more games to play this weekend. The Lions have two days to heal up and prepare for rival Presentation College who they previously beat 73 to 64 in their first match up this season. The two teams meet in Ellendale, ND this time on Friday, January 25th at 8pm. The Lions then travel to Madison, SD to face Dakota State University on Saturday, January 26th at 4pm. Dakota State beat the Lions earlier in the season 80 to 59.