ANGOLA, Ind. – The Heidelberg University men's basketball team fell in their season-opening contest on Monday at Trine by a final score of 65-50. The Student Princes fell victim to cold 3-point shooting as well as 16 turnovers in the contest as they were unable to battle back In the second half against the Thunder on the road.
Heidelberg committed 16 turnovers in the game compared to just 9 for Trine.
The Student Princes shot just 2 of 17 from behind the 3-point arc in the game while the host Thunder shot 7 of 18.
HU did hold the edge in rebounding 38-29, including 12 offensive boards.
Heidelberg got in an early hole after Trine jumped out to an 11-4 lead with 14:20 to play in the half. The Student Princes were able to battle back, however, as they cut that deficit to just three (13-10) after a layup by Deonté Holder with 12:46 to go.
The Thunder went on another run and were able to extend their lead out to 10 with 7:09 remaining in the half before the Berg roared back to pull within three with 2:04 until the half after a Marcquice Taylor layup. Trine scored the final bucket of the half to make it a 30-25 deficit for the Student Princes.
It was another hot start for Trine in the second half, as Heidelberg succumbed to another run and quickly found themselves trailing by 16 points (47-31) with 13:43 to play in the game.
The Student Princes were unable to fight back as the game wore on, as the Thunder led by double-digits the rest of the way, holding on to hand the Berg a 65-50 defeat to open the season.
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A lot of new faces saw action for the Berg in this contest as seven players suited up for the Student Princes for the first time in their careers.
Taylor led Heidelberg with 11 points in the game.
Despite falling by 15, the Berg shot 92.3% from the free throw line (12 for 13) in the game, which was the highest free throw percentage for Heidelberg since last year's season-opening win over Trine when they shot 95% from the charity stripe (19-20).
Heidelberg will remain on the road for their second game of the season when they travel to Westminster on Friday. That contest is scheduled to tip off at 8:00 p.m.