North Florida Trounces Trinity Baptist for Second-Straight Victory



QUICK GLANCE
Score: North Florida 85, Trinity Baptist 58
Records: North Florida (3-7) | Trinity Baptist (3-6)
Location: UNF Arena (Jacksonville, Fla.)
The Short Story: The North Florida men's basketball team overcame a sluggish opening half to win for the third time in its last four games with an 85-58 decision over intracity foe Trinity Baptist on Saturday night. 

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OPENING TIP
Noah Horchler posted his first career double-double finishing with 12 points a career-high 14 rebounds
Ivan Gandia-Rosa led a quartet of Ospreys in double digits, scoring 14 points and handing out 4 assists
- Wajid Aminu added 13 points followed by 11 for Osborn Blount (3-4 3PM)
- Marcus Dixon had 16 points/10 rebounds to lead Trinity Baptist
- Teams combined for 32 turnovers (UNF- 15 | TBC - 17)
- Ospreys made 11 treys, marking the 6th double figure effort of the season

GAME CAPSULE
First Half Trends
- The game was tightly contested through the opening 10 minutes as the game featured four ties and swapped the lead eight times
- With the score tied at 19 and 10:06 remaining in the period, Ospreys used a 10-2 surge to grab a lead the wouldn't relinquish
Osborn Blount opened the run with a trey followed by a dunk from Noah Horchler, a three by JT Escobar and capped by a Wajid Aminu lay-up
Trip Day's basket with 3:46 left gave UNF its largest lead of the half, 35-25
- North Florida was just 4-20 (20%) from long distance in the opening stanza and were hindered by nine turnovers
- UNF held a 41-32 lead at intermission

Second Half Trends
- Ospreys outscored Eagles, 15-9, over the first six minutes of play in the second period to widen their lead
Ryan Burkhardt drilled one of his three treys in the game with 10:43 remaining to give UNF a 20-point advantage (67-47)
- North Florida's defense held Trinity Baptist scoreless during a five minute span in the middle of the half
- UNF maintained a comfortable 20-point lead over the closing 10 minutes all players on the Osprey roster got into the game
- The Ospreys connected on 7 treys in the second period and committed only six miscues

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Ospreys remain undefeated at home this season (3-0) and have now won five straight at UNF Arena
- Ryan Burkardt matched his career best with 9 points (3 3PM)
- 58 points was the lowest total scored by a UNF opponent this season
- UNF hauled down a season high 51 rebounds
- North Florida attempted 77 shots (all 12 players on roster recorded one) and 42 three-point tries
- Ospreys improved to 17-0 under Coach Driscoll against non-D1 opponents in his 9-year tenure
- Marked first win on Saturday for UNF this year

FROM THE TOP:
"Our prep for this game was the same as its been all year but for some reason we were flat in all aspects of the game. We shot the ball flat, we played flat on defense and were flat in our effort. I thought Osborn (Blount) was a huge key for us tonight as he came off the bench and really picked us up with his intensity. For had an effect on both ends of the floor during a stretch of the game. We were 11 for 42 from three-point line and that is unacceptable. I don't believe in bad shooting nights because we are too good to shoot that poorly. We missed a lot of really good looks. It will be good to have some days to practice and prepare for our next game after exams." -- Head coach Matthew Driscoll

NEXT UP
North Florida will have over a week off from competition before returning to the hardwood on Dec. 11 at Florida A&M.
 
 

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