The Cedarville men’s basketball team could not contain the offense of Trevecca Nazarene, who emerged with a 91-79 victory over the Yellow Jackets at the Callan Athletic Center Jan. 17.
Both teams looked to push the tempo early on and they remained even for much of the first half. However, a 10-2 run by Trevecca late in the half gave them a lead they would never relinquish. They led 47-39 at halftime.
The Trojans opened the second half with another 10-2 run, stretching their lead to 16. Cedarville continued to fight back with a 16-9 run of their own to get back within nine points. The Jackets could never quite get over the hump, though, shooting only 24 percent from beyond the arc. Trevecca responded to each run Cedarville made, and the Jackets never got closer than eight points.
Marcus Reineke led the Yellow Jackets with 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Austin Pickett added 14 points, 12 of which came in the first half.
Despite running several different defenses, Cedarville struggled to contain the Trojans’ Byron Sanford, who ended the game with 34 points on 13-17 shooting.
The loss drops Cedarville to 2-2 on the year in the GMAC. They are now tied for fifth in the conference, moving a half game behind Trevecca and a full game behind conference leaders Alderson Broaddus and Kentucky Wesleyan, whom Cedarville beat at home on Thursday.
Cedarville (5-12 (2-2 GMAC)) continues their GMAC schedule at home on Thursday, January 22 against Ohio Valley. The women tip off at 5:30 with the men following at 7:45.
Tyler Greenwood is a sophomore mechanical engineering major and a sports reporter for Cedars.