HENDERSON, Tenn. – NAIA No. 7 Trevecca (9-1, 1-0) started the 2008 portion of their schedule with a 86-66 road win at #RV Freed-Hardeman (8-2, 0-1).
Trevecca made 9-of-12 from behind the three-point arc in the first half to build a 41-28 halftime lead. Freed-Hardeman trailed by one, 27-26, with six minutes to play in the first half but Trevecca ended it on a 14-2 run shooting 4-of-4 from three-point range in that stretch.
Out of the locker room, the Trojans picked up where they left off scoring the first seven points of the second half to extend their lead to 20. When you combine the 14-2 finish to the first and the 7-0 start to the second half the Trojans had a 21-2 run that essentially sealed the victory. Freed-Hardeman, meanwhile, struggled from the floor, going nearly 12 minutes without making a shot before freshman Jesse Moulton connected on a three-pointer with 14:30 to play.
“We played good defense tonight,” said Trojan head coach Sam Harris. “They tried to take Collins (Onyando) and Josh (Helton) away from us offensively, but we had other guys stepped up. Marcos (Salvi) and Brian (Oduor) were good tonight and Rick (James) came up with some very special plays.”
“There’s a reason why they’re No. 7 in the country,” said Lion head coach Jason Shelton. “They’re well-coached, they execute, they’re talented, and they play hard.”
The Lions eventually cut the deficit to nine points on the heels of an 18-5 run, 67-58, with 7:47 to play. But that’s when Trevecca took over once more. The Trojans put together their second 14-2 run of the night, opening the gap to 81-60 with 3:20 remaining.
The Trojans were paced by Marcos Salvi’s 19 points, with Josh Helton adding 16. Rick James and Brian Oduor added 15 apiece. Helton led Trevecca with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. James tied Helton for the team high in rebounds with seven. Oduor had a team high two blocks and added six rebounds. Trevecca was 29-for-52 (56%) from the field, 11-for-18 (61%) from three-point range, and hit 17-of-28 (60.7%) from the foul line. Trevecca won the rebounding battle 41-36.
Trevecca travels to Memphis on Monday (January 7) to face preseason conference favorite Crichton College (7-5) at 7 p.m. Trevecca will host Union University (7-4) for their home conference opener on January 10 at 8 p.m.