Irving, Texas - The Trinity men's basketball team battled hard, but lost a 70-83 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference decision to the University of Dallas Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers were down 3-6 with 14:33 left in the first half when the Crusaders pushed their lead to eleven points (21-10) with eight minutes left on the clock. Trinity closed to eight (19-27) on a jumper by Matt Jones at 5:56. Another jump shot by Jones brought the visitors to 24-29, but a 13-5 run by Dallas gave the Crusaders a 42-29 advantage at halftime.
Dallas continued to push the Tigers in the second half as they led by 16 points (51-35) at the 15:50 mark in the second half. The always fighting Tigers closed the score to 47-55 on a layup by Isaiah Specks at 12:11, but a 16-6 surge by the Crusaders put Dallas up by 18 points with 5:14 on the clock.
Nik Oakes scored on a layup at 3:15 as the Tigers tightened the score to 61-73. A foul by the Crusader allowed Oakes to cash in two points at the charity strip with 1:33 left on the clock to put the Tigers within 10 points of the home team. Jones fired up a three-pointer 17 seconds later, and the Crusaders' lead was cut to eight (66-74). Unfortunately, he Crusaders were able to outscore the Tigers 7-2 down the stretch and held on for the win.
The Tigers now stand at 7-10 overall and are 2-4 in the SCAC standings.
Matt Jones tied a personal season-high by producing 21 points in the matchup. Jones shot 7-11 from the field, 2-3 beyond the arc, shelled out four assists, and chalked up two steals.
Jayden Holden had a 15 points game, going 5-9 from the field, and 3-6 from three-point land. Holden also grabbed five rebounds in the process. Isaiah Specks added nine points to the Tigers' efforts, while his teammate Aaron Knopp scored eight. Knopp also led the team with six rebounds and three steals.
The Tigers return home next weekend for two SCAC games starting Friday against Colorado College at 7:30 p.m. Trinity gets another crack at the Crusaders on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.