MEN'S BASKETBALL
Record: 21-10 Home: 13-3 Away: 7-5 Neutral: 1-2 TranSouth: 11-5
 
 
2009-10 Men's Basketball Season Review

Many thought the 2009-2010 season would be a rebuilding one, but contrary to popular belief, Trevecca's men's basketball team made the NAIA rankings for the first time in more than a year and resided in the Top 25 most of the season.

Matthew Elliott was the team's lone senior, providing guidance and leadership for a young team that included a group of freshmen and a team which was considered to be one of the best in school history. Marquise Rudolph, JP Nyadaro, Peyton Henry, Milos Macura, Pascal Permis, and Antony Oduor all played significant roles in the surprising results of the season. Blake Carden, who was in the mix for a starting spot, was forced into redshirting after an injury in preseason training. This year's most consistent inside threat was an opponent last season: Keith Morris played his freshman season at Lambuth University. The sophomore fit in well and led the team in blocks (24), while averaging 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

Trevecca kicked off the season with a win over Point Loma University on Homecoming and kept the ball rolling with a five-game winning streak against Logan Chiropractic, Michigan-Dearborn, Free Will Baptist, and Point Park in the Cedarville Invitational. The streak ended with a 78-73 loss to the host Yellow Jackets the next day. Two wins over ranked teams in the NazareneClassic (Mid-America and Southern Nazarene) improved the young team's overall record to 7-1.

December started with a road win at Webber International, but a loss at Warner University, followed by back-to-back losses to Tougaloo College and to the host Blazers in the Belhaven College Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, sent the Trojans into the Christmas break at 8-4 but with a Top-25 ranking heading into TranSouth conference play.

The new year brought TranSouth Conference play and wins over Mid-Continent, Bethel, Blue Mountain, and rival Cumberland University. The win over Cumberland brought the win total to 12, matching that of the 2008-2009 team, while breaking the Bulldogs' three-game win streak in the series. The Trojans split their final four games of January with losses to Freed-Hardeman at home and at Union sandwiched around wins at Lyon and Fisk.

February started with a loss at Mid-Continent, but the Trojans bounced back to win three straight at home, over Blue Mountain, Martin Methodist, and Bethel. A trip to Cumberland in mid-February resulted in the Trojans' worst effort of the season in a 30-point loss, but the team regrouped nicely to win three straight, over Lyon, Freed-Hardeman, and Fisk. Unfortunately, they could not continue the momentum into Senior Night and lost to Union before wrapping up the regular season with a big win at Martin Methodist.

Trevecca finished the regular season 21-9 overall and 11-5 in the TranSouth. After a first-round bye, No. 4-seeded Trevecca hosted Cumberland University (12-16) in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Tournament. The visiting Bulldogs took a 16-11 lead, but the Trojans used a 16-3 run to take a 27-19 lead at the 10:22 mark. But Cumberland essentially put the game away with a 17-2 run to start the second half and led 58-46 with 16:28 remaining. Matthew Elliott scored a career-high 31 points in his final game. His fifth 3-pointer of the game came at the 5:30 mark and cut the Bulldogs' lead to three (72-69), but the Trojans got no closer, and Cumberland advanced with a 90-83 win, bringing the Trojans' season to an end.

For two generations, the Elliott name has been a big part of college basketball in Nashville. Matthew Elliott continued the legacy, averaging 17.2 points on the season to lead the Trojans. He shot 45.6% (75-163) from 3-point range and had a team-high 126 assists. Elliott, who will be Trevecca's graduate assistant for the next two years, finished with 1,263 career points, good for 20th place on the all-time Trevecca scoring list. He is the 36th player in Trevecca men's basketball history to surpass 1,000 career points. Elliott also broke the school record for career 3-point percentage at 45.6%, just ahead of Curtis Lewis' 45.4% career mark.