Second half roll allows Trine to side-step Spartans

ANGOLA, IND. – Senior guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior forward/center Enis Becirevic (Fort Wayne, Ind.) both found themselves in double-figure scoring, guiding Manchester University in the final of three games against members of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Wednesday, Nov. 22.

The duo needed each of their 36 combined points to enable Coach Gerad Good’s side to keep within range of the Thunder of Trine University at its Hershey Hall. TU, picking up their first win of the season, built as large as a 14-point second half lead due to MU going scoreless during a six-minute-plus stretch. Good’s side clawed and scratched back to within two late in the contest (62-60), but Trine fended them off by going six-of-six at the free throw line and canning a big trey over the last 2:06 to win 71-61.

Johnson managed contributions in nearly every category, tallying a team-leading 26 points on nine-of-19 field goal shooting, which included hitting two of four three-point attempts, and a six-of-eight effort at the charity stripe. Continuing a personal streak of 10 successive double-digit point contests dating back to late 2016-17, he added a rebound, an assist, two steals and a blocked shot. Becirevic ended with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Junior guard/forward David Stinson (Aurora, Ill.) added a strong outing off the bench for the visitors (1-3). He finished with seven points, five steals, an assist and a rebound in 28 minutes of action.

The Spartans look to turn around recent fortunes, which have seen them drop back-to-back non-league match-ups, Monday, Nov. 27, by beginning 2017-18 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. They return to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena, hosting Defiance College at 7:30 p.m.

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