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Lady Blue Knights win, men fall

The Trevecca Nazarene University women’s basketball team picked up their first conference loss on Saturday afternoon on the road at Urbana University. In the final game of their first pass through the G-MAC slate, the previously unbeaten Trojans fell 71-59 to the Blue Knights.

Trevecca Nazarene entered Saturday’s contest with an unblemished 4-0 record in conference play.  The Trojans averaged 90 points per game in their first 4 conference wins, but the Blue Knights clamped down defensively and held them to just 59 points on 30% shooting. The Blue Knights improve to 3-1 in the G-MAC after shooting 41% from the field, including 10 of 23 from downtown.

The conference’s leading scorer, UU sophomore guard Ciara Geiger, led all scorers with 17 points, including 11 in the second half.  Her lay-up with 8:22 to play turned a 6-point Blue Knight lead into an 8-point advantage that would not shrink the rest of the way. Geiger also 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, and she knocked down 4 of 5 from deep. 

A total of four Blue Knights reached double figures in the win. Sophomore Kate Francisco recorded her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks. DeVonyea Johnson had 14 points and a game-high 7 assists to go with 3 steals, and Katy Barkley added 10 off the bench. Junior guard Jackie Cousineau also chipped in 9 points off the bench.

Trevecca Nazarene falls to 14-7 overall and 4-1 in the G-MAC with the loss. Urbana (10-13, 3-1 G-MAC) plays three straight conference opponents after Saturday, starting with a road game at Ursuline College next Saturday. The Blue Knights broke the Arrows 77-56 in their last meeting on January 8th.

Trojans Top Blue Knight Men 72-61

The Urbana University men’s basketball team remained winless in conference play after a 72-61 loss to visiting Trevecca Nazarene University on Saturday afternoon. 

For the second consecutive home game, the Blue Knights were ice cold from outside. In Wednesday’s nine-point loss to Notre Dame College, Urbana connected on just 3 of 20 from deep (15%). The Blue Knights followed that with a 3 for 16 performance in Saturday’s 11-point loss.

The Trojans, on the other hand, dialed up 8 of 21 from distance while shooting better than 55% from the field for the afternoon.  The visitors were led by Marquise Rudolph’s 19 points, including 17 first half points that helped TNU take a 12-point lead into the break. The Trojans’ Maliek Daniels also turned in a strong performance, finishing with 18 points, 7 boards and 5 assists in the win.

Senior guard and team captain Ramel Mitchell led UU with a game-high 22 points. Junior guard Danny Goins was the only other Blue Knight in double digits, adding 10 on 4 of 8 shooting. 

Urbana slips to 9-13 overall and 0-3 in the G-MAC with the loss. Trevecca Nazarene improves to 7-12 and 2-1 in conference play.  Next, the Blue Knights host future Mountain East Conference foe West Virginia State University on Wednesday night in the Grimes Center at 7:00 p.m.

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