San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to beat Southwestern (TX) University 73-62 in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Friday night.
Southwestern controlled the first half of play, opening the game with a 21-8 run over the first 7:33 of the game. The Tigers rallied to within six (21-27) with just over six minutes remaining, but the Pirates finished with another spurt to take a 40-27 lead into the locker room.
The second half belonged to Trinity, though, as the home team put on an offensive and defensive show. The half began with a 19-5 run that put the Tigers in front 46-45 - the team's first lead of the game.
After that, both teams went back and forth until the final minutes. With 3:33 remaining in a tie game (57-57), Trinity scored six unanswered points to take control of the game, and then hit 8-8 from the foul line in the final 1:14 to seal the victory.
Trinity shot better than 65% from the field in the second half, limiting Southwestern to just 22.2% shooting, and just six made shots. After making 6-9 three-pointers to start the game, the Pirates hit just 3-23 the rest of the way.
The Tigers won their third straight game, and evened their overall record to 10-10. Trinity now stands at 5-4 in SCAC competition. Southwestern dropped to 11-10 and 6-4 SCAC. Last month, the Tigers were 79-68 winners over the Pirates in Georgetown, Texas.
Danny Rivara recorded his seventh double-double of the campaign, with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Rivara shot 11-19 from the field in the winning effort.
Brooks Mays added 12 points, shooting 4-7 from the field, and 4-5 at the free throw line. Jayden Holden had a 10-point performance, hitting 3-5 shots, and sinking 4-4 free throws. Holden also pulled in seven boards.
Matt Jones shelled out eight assists, and became the sixth Tiger player to reach 300 in a career. Jones also contributed nine points in the game.
The 28.6% shooting by Southwestern was the lowest total by a Trinity opponent this season. The Pirates made 18 field goals, also a season-low by the opposition. Southwestern's 62 points were the third lowest amount by an opponent.
Trinity wraps up its SCAC weekend by hosting Texas Lutheran University at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.