By Tim Mckinney
The Triton College men’s basketball program reached an unprecedented milestone on Feb. 8 vs. College of DuPage at the Robert M. Collins Center gymnasium. The team earned their 30thconsecutive home win, breaking a school record in a 64-57 win over the Chaparrals.
The Trojans (21-3, 9-0, N4C) have not lost a home game in nearly two years and surpassed the mark achieved by Triton teams from 1971-73.
“The home winning streak is a credit to a lot of great players who worked hard and should serve as an inspiration for future Triton players to follow who want to play with that same superior level of excellence,” said Trojan head coach Steve Christiansen, who now has 20 or more games in six of his eight seasons at Triton.
However, upset-minded DuPage (10-15, 1-8, N4C) did not make things easy for the Trojans, erasing an 8-point deficit to grab a 55-52 lead with five minutes left. But Triton responded with a flurry of great plays down the stretch, closing the contest with a 12-2 run.
With the game tied at 57, Demetrius Starks (North Chicago) hit a high-floater from the right elbow to give the Trojans the edge with two minutes remaining. After the teams traded possession without scoring, Triton got the ball back looking to run clock during the final minute. With the shot-clock winding down, Starks found Corday Sims (Marshall) who drilled the open three to put the Trojans up 62-57 with 38 seconds left. DuPage then turned the ball over and Justin Newell’s (Milwaukee, WI) dunk put an exclamation point on the historic victory.
Sims led Triton with 18 points, including four baskets from three-point range. Darrius Golston (Bogan) had a solid game inside with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. Starks finished with 11 points and seven assists. Thierno Niang (Senegal) added eight points and six assists.