The NGU men’s basketball team (3-6) split two games on its Florida road swing this past weekend.
The Crusaders downed Trinity College 78-67 Saturday afternoon behind another career high of 25 points by Zach Babbitt. Kyler Vitko, who had 14 points, backed him with another strong scoring effort.
Crusader head coach Chad Lister said the key to the game was his team not losing its composure under pressure on the road. “We fell behind early by six points, but we kept our cool and chipped away at the lead with some good looks at the basket in the first half. We got up by six at halftime, but did a nice job mixing our man and zone defense in the second half and that kept them off balance. We led by 16 points, but Trinity made a late run and got it down to six points with four minutes to go. However, we executed well inside the last two minutes and made a lot of free throws to win the game.”
NGU was defeated by Florida College of Temple Terrance, FL (near Tampa) on Friday evening 90-80. Kyler Vitko led the Crusaders with 18 points in that contest. Florida College hit an opponent record 14 3’s in the game.
Next up for NGU is a home game with Atlanta Christian Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Hayes Gym. Tickets are free for NGU faculty, staff and students.