Hannibal, MO. - HLGU took on the Scots from Lyon College as part of the Hoops for Hope Event that the men's and women's basketball programs put on. In the first meeting of the two teams over Christmas break, the Scots won 71-53. This time was a back and forth battle lasted until the final buzzer, which resulted in an overtime win for the Scots 62-57.
The Scots came out looking to score right out of the gate, while the Trojans struggled to connect from the field. The Trojans shot 23% overall compared to 60% from the Scots. Trojans could not get anything going on the offense end, and found themselves down 17-29 at half. Right before halftime, HLGU started to gain momentum and Trevor Ison (FR/Malden, Mo.) led the Trojans with six rebounds and five points.
Halftime didn't stop the Trojan's momentum. HLGU continued to switch up their defenses and closed the gap rather quickly going on a 18-3 run to start the second half. An aggressive play by Greg Nicoll (JR/Kansas City, Mo.) created a steal and a basket at the other end by D'Avonte Garland (SR/Miami, Fla.). The ball advanced down to the other end and Nicoll took a charge to narrow the gap to two points and forced the Scots call a timeout as they looking to stop the Trojan's run.
Neither team gave up as the game came down to the final wire. Just under five minutes remaining in regulation, Izack Hively (JR/Baylis, Ill.) hit a 3-pointer that saw the Trojans claim their biggest lead of the game, 43-37. The battle continued and De'Shawn Terrell (SR/Wichita, Kans.) banked in a go-ahead basket with 49 seconds remaining. The Scots countered with a 3-pointer with 13 seconds to go in regulation.
The game went into overtime tied 51-51, and unfortunately the momentum switched over in favor of the Scots in the final minutes. HLGU was led by Ison's double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. He was followed by D'Avonte Garland with 13 points. Demetrius Early (JR/Bossier City, La.) lead the team with 4 assists followed by Terrell's six steals. On the night HLGU shot 34% from the field compared to the Scot's 49%.
The Trojans will take home court for the last time this Saturday to face the Mustangs of Central Baptist College at 3:00 p.m. They will celebrate their six seniors before the game. Be sure to come out and support your Trojans in their final home game!