Truvillion’s free throws help turn off Delgado
SUMMIT — Greg Truvillion said he usually shoots 100 free throwsduring practice. The 6-foot-8 Co-Lin sophomore made 15 of 21charity shots Tuesday in Horace C. Holmes Gymnasium, directing theWolfpack to 77-70 victory over Delgado (La.) Community College inthe Southwest Coca-Cola Classic.
Truvillion, a preseason NJCAA All-American, powered Co-Lin witha team-high 25 points, plus 16 rebounds, as the Wolves (4-2) wontheir fourth straight game. At crunch time, Truvillion made 4 of 5in the final 28 seconds when Co-Lin held off a spirited, last-gasprally by the winless Dolphins (0-9).
“I concentrate at the free throw line,” said Truvillion, whomade 15 of 21 for the game. “It was a closer game than weexpected.”
Asked about this season’s Co-Lin squad, Truvillion said, “We arebetter offensively than last year. Trent Hutchin (freshman fromBaton Rouge, La.) can really shoot it. We should be a favorite inthe South,” meaning the division race.
Hutchin, in early foul trouble, finished with 20 points. Fellowguard Corey London also sat out the last 7 minutes of the firsthalf with foul trouble.
By comparison, Delgado relied on Chris Robinson, the onlysophomore on the rebuilding squad. He finished with a game-high 35points and made 3 treys in the last 79 seconds of the game. He alsohad 8 rebounds.
Delgado coach Tommy L. Smith also serves as the school’sathletic director. This is his first men’s team since HurricaneKatrina flooded New Orleans in late August of 2005.
Smith said Truvillion’s accuracy at the free throw line wasdecisive. “Number 34 (Truvillion) only made about 50 percent (freethrows) Monday but he went to the free throw line and did what hehad to do with confidence.”
According to Smith, the Delgado campus is still in therebuilding stage. Enrollment fell drastically from 17,000 on twocampuses before Katrina to the present enrollment of 12,000.
“We had a women’s team last season just to keep the programgoing,” said Smith. “Chris is the only sophomore and he’s a goodshooter. There’s a lot of pressure on him.”
The Dolphins trailed by as much as 13 points, 63-50, with 7:30left to play. That’s when Hutchin cashed in a 3-point play on aputback and a free throw.
Co-Lin coach Dennis Sims said his team played surprisingly wellafter Monday’s revenge victory over Holmes in the opening round.”We are happy to win but it was a sloppy game. We will take all thesloppy wins we can get.”
For the game, Co-Lin made 69 percent of its free throws, netting29 of 42 compared to Delgado’s 13 of 18.
“We are shooting free throws pretty well right now,” said Sims.”When Corey and Trent got in foul trouble, our bench players did agood job coming in.”
Sims watched his Wolves make 52 percent of their field goalattempts. Hutchin was fouled on a successful trey and converted a4-point play with 5:49 remaining. It answered a Robinson trey whichhad reduced Co-Lin’s lead to 8 points 63-55.
In the nightcap, Holmes (5-1) rebounded from its first loss andbeat Southwest 80-67. The Bears fell to 3-4 with the loss.