San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team opened its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference home weekend with a 63-54 victory over Colorado College Friday night.
Trinity built a 33-14 lead by halftime, following an outstanding shooting performance, and a stellar defensive effort. Colorado College was held to 17.9% shooting, while Trinity connected on nearly 58% of its shots.
Over the final 7:53 of the opening period, Trinity went on a 16-2 scoring run to finish the half in style, turning a slim 17-12 advantage into a lopsided halftime score. Colorado's only bucket during that run came with 35 seconds to go in the half.
Trinity kept the momentum throughout the early part of the second half, but Colorado made its move with an 11-2 run that brought the visitors with seven (44-37) with 8:13 to play. After Trinity went 0-4 from the field during Colorado's comeback bid, the hometown Tigers hit six of their next seven shots to push the lead to 17 points (57-40) with just over four minutes remaining.
Colorado never quit, though, and had the lead down to six (58-52) with just under a minute left, but Trinity finished off the victory in the end.
Trinity snapped a three-game losing streak and improved its overall record to 8-10, and 3-4 in SCAC competition. Colorado entered the game leading the SCAC, and now stand at 6-2 in the conference, along with a 7-12 overall mark.
The teams split the regular season series after Colorado defeated Trinity 74-63 last Friday night in Colorado Springs.
Three Trinity players scored in double figures, paced by a 15-point performance from Matt Jones. Jones shot 6-10 from the field, pulled in seven rebounds, and dished out three assists.
Danny Rivara recorded his sixth double-double of the season, with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Rivara shot 5-10 from the floor, and also blocked three shots. Jayden Holden posted 10 points on the night, hitting 3-5 from the field and 4-4 from the foul line.
The 54 points scored by Colorado College were a season-low for a Trinity opponent. Trinity's 54.3% shooting was the second-highest percentage in the campaign.
The Tigers will host the University of Dallas in an SCAC matchup at 6:00 p.m. Saturday. Trinity's coaching staff will be participating in Suits and Sneakers Week, which is an initiative to increase cancer awareness. To find out more about the program, or to donate to the cause, please visit http://www.coachesvscancer.org/. The American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches have collaborated on this event since 1993.