Big First Half Propels Trojans Past ErskineDecember 7, 2011
DUE WEST, S.C. – A stellar defensive effort and junior Denzail Jones’ offensive display lifted Anderson past Erskine, 63-48, in non-conference men’s basketball action Wednesday night at Belk Arena.
Anderson (6-2) won its fourth straight past the Flying Fleet and claimed its 10th win in the last 13 meetings, while notching its third consecutive victory. Erskine, which fell to 1-6 on the season, last defeated AU on Feb. 2, 2010 by a score of 62-56 in Due West.
Jones’ season-high 26-point effort was just two shy of his career-high and the junior from Tuscaloosa, Ala., scored 19 first-half points to help the Trojans explode to a 39-11 first-half lead.
Jones scored six of the Trojans’ first eight points and with AU holding a 12-10 lead at the 12:27 mark, junior guard Nick Trull drained a 3-pointer to spark an impressive 27-4 run over the next six minutes to silence the Belk Arena crowd and give the visitors a 39-11 advantage with 6:15 remaining in the first half.
Jones added 13 of the next 15 points for AU the strength of back-to-back 3-pointers and a traditional three-point play midway through the half, while senior Tyrell McDowell capped the outburst with a yet another trey.
Erskine’s Travis Liner connected on a 3-pointer with 5:57 left in the half and neither team managed to score the remainder of the frame, with Anderson holding a 39-14 lead at the break
The Flying Fleet chipped away and climbed within 53-42 with more than six minutes left in the game, but would get no closer as Jones answered with another traditional three-point play.
Trull added 12 points and has now reached double figures in nine consecutive games and 13-of-15 dating back to last season. Senior Taylor Shugart recorded a game-high eight rebounds.
Junior Corey Sorrell posted a team-high 19 points for the Flying Fleet.
The Trojans will put its three-game win streak on the line on Monday, when they play host to Johnson & Wales University from Charlotte, N.C. before taking an 18-day break. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. following the men’s JV game versus the Wildcats at 5 p.m.