Monday, November 16, 2015

Transylvania University Starts Season with Two Losses in Maryland

Transylvania University opened the 2015-16 season with two losses at the Dan Green Memorial Tournament in Maryland over the weekend.

Here are recaps from TU:

John Carroll 92 Transylvania 75

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. --- The Pioneers traveled to eastward to the "Old Line State" of Maryland to start the 2015/16 season by taking on John Carroll University in the Dan Green Memorial tournament. Four teams are taking part in the two day tournament which will conclude on November 15.

The Blue Streak and the Pioneers battled in the first half with both teams looking to find the edge and establish early control. John Carroll would push out to an early 14-8 lead with 13:30 remaining, before back-to-back three pointers by sophomore Tristan Burgess tied the game at 14-14. Both teams would battle back and forth throughout the remainder of the first half with neither team able together a substantial run. The Pioneers would lead briefly 29-26 on the third Burgess three pointer of the half before the Blue Steak edged away before halftime taking a 45-40 lead at the break.

Transylvania held the higher shooting percentage at the break shooting 44 percent to John Carroll's 41.9 percent. Burgess led the Pioneers in the first half with 12 points, shooting 4-7 from behind the arc. He was followed by Cooper Theobald with 10. David Linane would lead the Blue Streak with 12. A key statistic that would foreshadow the next 20 minutes was turnovers with the Pioneers having a 16 to 7 margin.

It would be a tail of two halves and the Blue Steak came out to start the second on a 15-0 run that gave them an edge that the Pioneers could not dull. Once the Pioneers settled after a timeout at the sixteen minute mark the team's battled with similar numbers from that point forward but John Carroll would prevail winning 92-75. Transylvania had good second half performances with Theobald chipping in eight points and Simon Christon and Theobald with seven points each. Freshman Bo Schuh would score 10 points and grab nine rebounds for the game. Burgess would lead all Pioneer scorers with 19.

Head Coach Brian Lane commented on the seasons opening game; "We knew our first round matchup was going to be a tough one. JC returned a veteran team that played in the NCAA tournament last season and are picked very high in the OAC. We played 4 guards most of the night because Parker (Stansberry) was not able to play due to injury. If we take care of the basketball in the first half (16 turnovers) we are leading and things lol a little different when JC made their run early in the second half.

Complete Recap

Bridgewater 55 Transylvania 50

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. --- Playing its second game in 17 hours, the Pioneers took to the court against Bridgewater (Va.) in the consolation game of the Dan Green Memorial tournament in Maryland. The Pioneers dropped the first game to John Carroll in late Saturday night action to set up today action against the Eagles.

Transylvania would take an early lead in the game relying on hot outside shooting by both Simon Christon and Bo Schuh each hitting threes early to help the Pioneers to an early 11-6 lead. Schuh would have the hot hand during the first half scoring 9 points and grabbing four rebounds. The Pioneers would take advantage of the Eagles 19 first half turnover to lead at the break, 23-15 shooting 25 percent on thirty three shot attempts.

The Pioneers would push their lead in the second half to as many as 11 points, before the Eagles started slowly climbing back into the contest over the final 12 minutes of the game. Bridgewater would chip away using a combination of timely three points shots, Pioneers turnover and costly personal fouls to take the lead with 1:28 left in game. The Eagles would close on a 5-0 run, all on made free throws to close out the contest 55-50. Fouls in the second half would be a telling statistic as the Pioneers would double the amount committed by the Eagles, 20-10.

Freshman Bo Schuh led all Pioneers scorers with 16 points, adding six rebounds. Transylvania would shoot 30 percent from the field to include a matching 30 percent from behind the arc. Robert Dence would add an addition seven points and five rebounds.

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