SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – NAIA No. 7 Trevecca (8-0) defeated Simon Fraser (8-12) 67-59 in the Scottsdale Days Inn Classic at Scottsdale Community College.
In the first half, the Clan spotted the Trojans one point after JP Philistin took a technical foul for dunking during the warm-up. Josh Helton hit 1-of-2 free throws to give Trevecca a 1-0 lead before the opening tip. The Clan took the lead 6-3 in the opening minute; however an 8-0 run by the Trojans put them up 11-6. Trevecca’s opened up their largest lead in the first half with just under three minutes remaining before the break (31-24), however the Clan were able to close it back to five points at the half (36-31).
The Trojans opened up a 12-point lead (49-37) with 13:12 remaining after a 9-0 run. The Clan were able to rally, generating a 12-2 run to close the gap to three (52-49) with 7:40 remaining. Trevecca sealed the win from the free throw line down the stretch, securing the 67-59 victory. Trevecca outscored Simon Fraser 31-28 in the second half.
Marcos Salvi hit on 8-of-15 of his field goal attempts and led Trevecca with 17 points. Salvi had six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Josh Helton led Trevecca with seven assists and Collins Onyando had a team high ten rebounds. Onyando had a double-double with 13 points. Tyler Watkins rounded out the double figure scorers for Trevecca with 14 points off the bench. Watkins was 3-5 from three-point land.
Both teams struggled from beyond the arc, SFU shot 3-for-17 from three-point range, while the Trojans weren’t much better, hitting 5-of-23 three-point attempts. The Clan shot a collective 40 per cent from the floor (22-for-55), while the Trojans shot 39.7 per cent (23-for-58). SFU out rebounded TNU 40-to-34, however committed 18 turnovers to Trevecca’s ten.
Trevecca's will play the University of Victoria at 11:30 a.m. central on Saturday as they complete play in the Scottsdale Days Inn Classic at Scottsdale Community College. The game will not be broadcast on radio.
Trevecca will start 2008 on the road in conference play at Freed-Hardeman (January 5) and at Crichton College (January 7) before returning home to face Union University on January 10.