Angola, Ind. - The Alma College men's basketball team suffered an 81-66 setback at Trine University on Saturday (Feb. 11) afternoon, splitting the season series with the Thunder. The Scots now own an 11-12 record, including a 7-5 mark in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and fall into a tie for third place with Trine with two games remaining.
Freshman Preston Laketa (Concord, Mich./Hanover-Horton) led the Scots with 19 points, coming off the bench to make seven of his 13 shots, including five three-pointers. Laketa also collected seven rebounds to tie for the team high.
Freshman Jared Long (Montrose, Mich./Montrose) added a season-high 13 points off the bench, while freshman Luke Lamoreaux (Sterling Heights, Mich./Steventon) scored 12 points, making four of his five shots. Senior Tyler Edwards (Flint, Mich./Swartz Creek) grabbed seven rebounds as the Scots held a slim 32-31 rebounding advantage.
The Thunder were led by a trio of 20-point scorers. Kyle Dodson scored a game-high 24 pounds, while Will Dixon and Myles Copland netted 22 and 20 points, respectively.
Alma trailed, 31-27, at the half and shot 46.3 percent from the floor for the game, but were forced into 18 turnovers. Trine connected on 50 percent of its shots and was 88.2 percent from the free throw line while only giving the ball away eight times.
The Scots will return to Art Smith Arena for its final two regular-season games of the season, hosting Albion College on Wednesday, Feb. 15, followed by a meeting with Olivet College on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Britons and Comets sit behind the Scots and Thunder, with the four teams fighting for the two spots in the MIAA Tournament.