Barry 'Bucs' Trinity in Men's Basketball Rout

Barry 'Bucs' Trinity in Men's Basketball Rout
Bryan Van Cott scored a career-high 22 points. Photo by Jason Roberts

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Indeed, the Buc stopped here.

Barry University men’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak in a big way, beating Trinity College, 97-53, Friday night at the Health & Sports Center.

Barry (4-6) shot 55.2 percent from three-point range, knocking down 16 of 29 from long range. Bryan Van Cott buried six of seven from beyond the arc en route to a career-high 22-point performance. He hit eight of nine field goals, grabbed six rebounds and had three assists.

Van Cott’s previous career-high was 16 against Rollins on Jan. 5, 2011. He was 4-for-4 in the first half, his fourth bucket a triple with 45 seconds left on the clock that built a 17-point Barry lead.

The Buccaneers outrebounded the Tigers, 50-20, which included a 27-6 disparity in the first half.

Trinity (1-12) went 12 of 29 from three-point range, aided by Rasheed Hall’s five of nine shooting from behind the arc. Hall scored 20 points, had four assists and four steals.

Five Bucs reached double figures, including Chad Renfro’s 13 points. Jermaine Edwards had 12 points, nine boards and four blocks. Evan White and Derrick Bolanos each had 12. Justin McCoy had seven assists. Keion Palmer had eight points, seven rebounds and three of Barry’s nine blocks.

Barry, which opens play in the two-day Lynn University Holiday Challenge against Queens (N.C.) at 5 p.m. Sunday in Boca Raton, had 23 assists to Trinity’s 11. 

Jirous Knight scored 17 and Gregory Buckshorn 11 for the Tigers, but the Bucs held them to 29.8 percent shooting.

Barry sank nine of 10 free throws, and held a 15-5 advantage on the offensive glass.

Emory Bennett’s jumper at the 5:40 mark of the second half pushed the Buccaneers to a 40-point lead. Barry never trailed in the game.