Trinity played an overtime game for the first time this season. Charles Cooks calmly buried two free throws at the end of regulation to force the extra session. The game remained tight throughout as both teams demonstrated great competitive zeal in striving for the victory.
With the score tied at 72 and 10 seconds left in OT, Xavier Perkins was fouled driving to the basket. He sank two free throws with 7 seconds left to give the Eagles the final lead and the win. Robert Morris missed badly on a desperation three at the buzzer.
Perkins posted an impressive double/double with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Darius Jones led all scorers with a career high 27 points on 10-15 shooting.
"We still have a long ways to go to reach our potential, especially offensively," said TBC Head Coach John D. Jones after the game. "But we took a major step forward tonight against a very good defense. I'm proud of our collective focus and effort as a team, and you can't say enough about the way Darius and X played tonight."
Trinity's defense was impressive, holding the visitors to just 40% shooting and outrebounding them 43-25. TBC seemed in control with a 10-point lead in the final minutes, but failed to close out the game. Costly turnovers and some big threes by RMU actually got them the lead in the final seconds, but Charles Cook's big free throws saved the day.
Trinity travels to the panhandle this weekend for games at Pensacola Christian (Saturday at 7:30pm) and University of Mobile on Monday.