Black and Gold, Trine renew court rivalry

Black and Gold, Trine renew court rivalry

Manchester University begins the home portion of its 2016-17 schedule Wednesday, Nov. 23. In-state non-conference rival Trine University is the Spartans' guest.

Game details: Tip-off between the Spartans and Thunder is 7 p.m. on the Stan Weller Court honoring Coaches Hoffman and Wolfe inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena in North Manchester … Live audio, statistics and video are available via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … It's the third of four straight contests against the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association for Coach Gerad Good's team … Trine's won three of the last four since the series restarted in 2012-13 after a brief hiatus. Three of those match-ups have been nip-and-tuck, decided by 10 points-or-less, including an overtime finish last year at Hershey Hall in Angola, Ind., with TU holding on 76-73.

Spartan Shorts: Sophomore guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior guard Tyler Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) each tallied a combined 27 points over MU's two-game Michigan road swing Nov. 18 and 19 to lead the scoring column in a 76-67 loss to Kalamazoo and a 78-56 defeat at the hands of Adrian. Other top numbers on the season-opening trip went to senior guard Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) (11 rebounds); Alexander (nine assists, four steals, three three-point baskets); freshman guard Erik Bell (Evansville, Ind.) (three three-point baskets and 75 percent three-point shooting accuracy); Johnson (six-of-eight free throw conversion – 75.1 percent); junior forward/center Enis Becirevic (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (five of eight field goal conversion – 62.5 percent); and Alexander, Casteel, Becirevic, freshman guard Tyler Billups (Connersville, Ind.) and freshman forward/center Chris Hill (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (a blocked shot apiece) … Johnson's 18-point effort at Kalamazoo Nov. 18 resumed an impressive run for the sophomore. He's tallied scoring double figures in 22 of his 28 games in a Spartans' uniform … Manchester University's MIAA stretch concludes Wednesday, Nov. 30, when they welcome the Olivet College Comets to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena for a 7:30 p.m. start. The 2016-17 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference season begins Saturday, Dec. 3, when the Black and Gold takes a southern trek to Hanover College for a doubleheader with the women's program.

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