ANGOLA, Indiana -- There were no early Christmas gifts for the Heidelberg University men's basketball team this year, as they fell on the road to Trine University by a final score of 88-80.
A dominant start for the Berg quickly stalled, leading to the loss on day two of the St. Andrews Products Classic to hosts Trine. With the loss, HU finished the two-day competition with a record of 1-1 after defeating Adrian College yesterday.
The Student Princes (3-6) were shot out of a cannon early on, jumping out to a 17-3 lead with just 4:28 gone in the game. The run was aided by a 13-0 start with two 3-pointers by Myron Prewitt and one from Dylan Woods in addition to layups by Josh Dixon and Woods sparking the early scoring.
However, the momentum would run out there for the Berg. Trine (7-2) closed the half outscoring Heidelberg 39-22 over the final 15 minutes of play. The Thunder took a 42-39 advantage to the break.
Trine finally evened the game at 29 points with just under five minutes remaining in the first stanza on a Myles Copeland bucket. From there, both teams exchanged the lead five times. Jimmy Hanley stepped into a 3-ball attempt with 1:46 remaining trailing by one. On the attempt, Hanley was fouled by Marcus Winters, sending Hanley to the free-throw lines where he connected on all three freebies.
The Thunder then scored the next four points of the half to take the three point lead into the intermission.
The second half was a back-and-forth battle for both teams as they exchanged the lead seven times.
Trailing by three with 6:51 remaining in the game, Phariz Watkins connected a deep 3-ball leveling the game at 71-71. From there, Trine outscored the Berg 17-8 over the final moments of the game. Nine of the 17 points for the Thunder came from the free throw line.
In a frantic attempt to close the gap late on, Heidelberg missed their final four shot attempts ultimately leading to the eight point loss.
After scoring 104 points over his previous three games, Myron Prewitt was held to a modest 14 points on the day.
Trine shot a dismal 10% from beyond the arc, but made up the difference with 29 free throw makes after taking 38 attempts. The Berg managed a much better percentage at the line (85.7%), but were limited in their opportunities, only shooting 21 attempts.
Myles Copeland led Trine with 28 points, including 12 free throws.
After the Christmas break, the Student Princes will return to action on Friday, December 28 at the Defiance Purple and Gold Tournament. Heidelberg will play Penn-State Behrend at 3 p.m. on day one of the tournament. They will play either Defiance or Geneva on day two at a time to be determined.