Trojans Outrun Southern Wesleyan

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ANDERSON, S.C. – With five players in double figures, Anderson recorded a season high offensive output as the Trojans ran past Southern Wesleyan, 99-88, in non-conference men’s basketball action Thursday night at the Abney Athletic Center.   

Anderson extended its win streak to three games and improved to 5-3 on the season while snapping Southern Wesleyan’s three-game win streak, as the Warriors dropped to 5-2.

The Trojans steadily built a 14-7 lead over the opening four minutes of action, but Southern Wesleyan chipped away and eventually knotted the score at 18 apiece. The score was tied two more times in the next two minutes before the Warriors opened a pair of four-point leads – the last coming with 7:29 left in the opening half.

Anderson junior guard Nick Trull ignited a 12-0 run with two of his season-high 21 points and teammate Oskars Ernsteins followed with a 3-pointer from the right corner to give the Trojans a lead they would not relinquish at 31-30 with 6:40 on the clock.

Senior Brandon Young capped the surge with a putback of his own miss, as AU turned the four-point deficit into an eight-point advantage at the 3:42 mark. With the Trojans holding a seven-point edge, Trull scored six unanswered points, courtesy of a 3-pointer and three free throws to send Anderson to the locker room with a 47-34 halftime lead.

Anderson broke the game open with a 16-5 run to open the second stanza, taking a 63-39 lead with 15:37 left in the contest. The Warriors trimmed the AU lead to 11 points late, but could get no closer in the final minutes.

Trull scored a game-high 21 points off the bench, while Kevis Cornwell added 20 points on the strength of 12-of-15 shooting from the free throw line and handed out a game-high four assists. Trey Britton recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, with Young and Denzail Jones each netting 11 points. 

SWU’s Nick Lagroone scored a game-high 27 points, with Michael Corpening and Stefan Hood chipping in 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Anderson gets back on the hardwood Saturday, when the Trojans open South Atlantic Conference action by playing host to Brevard College in the nightcap of a league doubleheader. Tip-off versus the Tornados is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Abney Center. 

Miscellaneous Notes:
Cornwell has reached double figures in each of the last six games … Britton has pulled down at least six rebounds in the last four contests ... Anderson has drained at least seven 3-pointers in each of the last five games ... The Trojans have out-rebounded four of their last five opponents.

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