ADRIAN, Mich.--Senior Christian Covile recorded game highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds to power Adrian College past visiting Trine University, 79-68, in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association men's basketball game on Saturday at the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center.
With the win, the Bulldogs (12-9 overall) avenge a 69-55 loss at Trine (15-6) last month and tie the Thunder for the fourth and final MIAA tournament spot with identical 5-5 conference records.
Covile led four Adrian scorers in double digits which included freshman Travon Johnson who was perfect on the afternoon (5-5 FG, 2-2 3FG, 2-2 FT) to tie his career high with 14 points, sophomore Anthony Cannon had 12 off the bench, and senior Rickey Jackson, Jr. contributed 11.
Jared Holmquist notched a double-double of his own with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Trine, which held leads of 2-0 and 9-7 in the early going. Will Dixon added 15 points, Jordan Kreglow scored 11 and Tarvis Malone netted 10.
Adrian shot a season-high 54 percent (27-50) at home on the way to taking a 38-33 lead at halftime. Kreglow drained a straight-away 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to end a 19-12 Adrian run and get the Thunder within striking distance after trailing by 14 points (36-22) earlier in the period.
To start the second half, Trine managed to get within 44-42 on a Dixon 3ball with 16 minutes and 44 seconds remaining, but Covile scored the Bulldogs' next 10 points on a trio of acrobatic shots in the lane and old-fashioned three-point plays to make it 54-44 at the 14:29 mark.
The Bulldogs led by double digits the rest of the way, including the biggest advantage of 16 points (66-50) after Cannon's 3-pointer with 7:18 showing on the clock.
Adrian looks to remain in the postseason race by beginning a three-game road swing on Wednesday at Albion (8 p.m.).