Pioneers men's basketball keeps nets heated against Frostburg State in Pittsburgh

Dominique Turner flying

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Transylvania men's basketball team ripped the nets in the first half on the way to an 82-71 victory over the Frostburg State University Bobcats on Sunday afternoon at Carnegie Mellon University's Skibo Gymnasium.

Competing in the second day of the DoubleTree Invitational Tournament, the Pioneers squared off with the Bobcats in the consolation matchup in the final day of tournament action. After nearly knocking off No. 9 Hamilton the day before but coming up short in the final minutes, Transylvania took out its frustrations upon Frostburg St. on Sunday, unleashing a shooting torrent upon the Bobcats.

Transylvania locked down the Bobcats on Sunday and never looked back from the opening tip, holding Frostburg St. to 2-for-11 shooting from the floor while shooting 50 percent from the floor and connecting on 5-for-9 shooting from the three-point line to begin the game, accruing a 25-12 lead.

The Pioneers later increased their lead during a potent sequence near the 7:00 mark of the first half when sophomore guard Will Sivills knocked down two 3-pointers around another triple from freshman guard Aiden Pashley to extend Transy's upper hand to 39-18. Transylvania finished the first half shooting 50 percent from the field while holding the Bobcats to 23 percent, leading 45-26.

Pioneers enjoyed a 10-4 burst to begin the second half as freshman center Luke Schroeder finished off the scoring run with a bucket on a setup by senior guard Cooper Theobald.

The lead ballooned to 26 points for Transylvania before the Frostburg St. offense ignited in the final 10 minutes of the contest and cut the lead down to 10 points. Junior guard Spencer McKinney hit two late free throws to ensure the double-digit victory.

The Pioneers shot 11 for 22 from three-point land on the afternoon, their most made threes in a game this season. Transy enjoyed a difference of nine made three-pointers on Sunday as the Bobcats could only muster 2 of 14 shooting from outside.

Sophomore guard Devin Twenty led the way with 14 points, sinking 4 of 5 three-point shots on the day. Theobald finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Sophomore forward Dominique Turner posted a career-high of 10 points, along with four rebounds, and two assists. Five other Pioneers had eight or nine points apiece in what was a balanced offensive attack.

Transylvania improved to 2-3 on the season while Frostburg St. dropped to 2-3. 

The Pioneers are off for the week and return to play on Saturday, December 1 as they usher in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play against the Bluffton University Beavers. Transylvania tips off against Bluffton at 3:00 p.m. at the Beck Center in Lexington as part of a women's-men's HCAC doubleheader.

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