BELOIT - The Turner boys basketball team needed a feel-good win.
Tuesday night's blowout victory over visiting Whitewater was exactly that.
The Trojans nailed 13 3-pointers (third most in school history) as they pounded the Whippets 71-40 to improve to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in Rock Valley Conference play.
Turner controlled the action from the outset, scoring nine of the game's first 11 points. A pair of memorable sequences puncutated Turner's virtuoso first-half performance.
Junior Ty'Shone Lomax connected from 3-point land in back-to-back trips down the floor. The second time, he was fouled and converted the free throw for a four-point play.
"Seven points in two shots," Turner coach Ken Watkins said. "I'd say that's pretty efficient, huh? The biggest thing with Ty'Shone is just belief. I was really pleased to see him come out and knock those down, because he's got to be a really good shooter for us. With his athletiicism, he's able to guard on the perimitier. He's a guy that we are hoping we can get a lot of good minutes from."
It was shortly after Lomax's long-range assault that Turner showcased its full offensive aresenal, operating at peak performance.
Long-range marksman Steve Dillard hit a jumper to make it 24-9. Jordan Majeed, who led the Trojans with 19 points, followed with a layup. Dillard hit a trey. Reserve forward Jackson Carter nailed a triple. Kenny Draeving hit a corner three to make ti 35-9, just like that.
"There wasn't a lot I could be unhappy about tonight," Watkins said. "I didn't have to do any screaming or yelling to manufacture any energy tonight. These guys brought it tonight. There are a couple of things we can get better at, but we've got a lot of really talented offensive players and that side is going to come, but our identitiy has to be centered around defense."
The Trojans led 43-10 at halftime and cruised to victory, with the lead getting as high as 38 points even as Watkins substituted liberally. Lomax and Dillard each finished with 11 points, while point guard DJ Wash scored six points while distributing the ball effectively.
"That kind of game, that's what we expect every time," Wash said. "We had to change some things up after our first two games. So we came with a motto: 'Team first', and that's really what you saw out there tonight. Coach has made practice really hard, and that's good for us. It showed tonight that we can play really hard for a long time. We knew the offense was going to come around eventually. But we can't look at it like we're safe now. We have to come out next game more determined than ever."
Majeed's performance was particularly impressive on a night when 10 different Trojans cracked the scoring column.
"He's fast, he's quick and he can score from all three levels," Watkins said.
Whitewater was led by six-foot-eight senior center Hunter Martin, who finished with 13 points.
• UP NEXT: The Trojans will face a much sterner test Friday, when they travel to Evansville to take on the Blue Devils.
• BOXSCORE: Turner 71, Whitewater 40
Whitewater........................... 10 30 -40
Turner ............. ...................43 28 - 71
WHITEWATER: Martin 3 0-2 6 , Pease 1 0-0 2, Popke 1 1-2 3, Brown 0 2-2 2, Dylan Pease 1 2-2 5, Frye 2 0-1 4, Stoll 2 0-0 5, Martin 3 7-9 13. Totals: 13 12-18 40.
TURNER: Lomax 4 1-1 11, Majeed 7 1-2 19, Wash 2 0-0 6, Heldt 1 0-0 2, Carter 3 0-0 7, Gurka 1 0-02, Draeving 3 -0- 7, Sawyer 1 0-0 2. Dillard 5 0-0 11, Hoppe 2 0-0 4. Totals: 28 2-5 71.
3-pointers: Whitewater 2(Stoll, Dylan Pease), Turner 13 (Lomax 2, Majeed 4, Wash 2, Carter, Draeving 1, Dillard 3). Total fouls: Whitewater 14, Turner 24.