San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team has its three-game winning streak snapped following a 67-63 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference loss to Texas Lutheran University Saturday night.
Texas Lutheran dominated the first half of play, jumping out to a 23-8 lead after 13 minutes of action. The Bulldogs built their lead to 22 at one point in the opening period, and finished the first half with a 34-16 advantage.
The Tigers began to slowly turn things around in the second half, closing to a nine-point deficit with 7:39 to play, and later got as close as seven points (49-56) at the 2:27 mark. Texas Lutheran kept pushing back, though, and Trinity could get no closer until the final minute.
Trailing by 10 points (61-51) with less than 90 seconds remaining, Matt Jones and Isaiah Specks scored a pair of buckets to trim the lead to six with 21 seconds left. The Bulldogs made a pair of foul shots, then Brooks Mays drew a three-shot foul with 15 seconds to go.
After Mays knocked down all three to make it a 63-58 game, Texas Lutheran hit four free throws in the final 13 seconds to seal the victory. Mays scored two more baskets in the final five seconds - including a three-pointer as time expired to make it a 67-63 game at the end.
The Tigers now stand at 10-11 overall, and are 5-5 in the SCAC. Texas Lutheran upped its records to 14-8, and 8-3 SCAC. The Bulldogs swept the regular season series from the Tigers, after also winning 80-70 last month in Seguin, Texas.
Brooks Mays and Jayden Holden paced the Tigers with 14 points each in tonight's game. Mays shot 4-8 from the field, 3-4 beyond the arc, and sank 3-3 free throws. Holden was a 6-12 shooter from the field, and led the game with nine rebounds and three steals.
Matt Jones added 10 points, and continued his climb up Trinity's career assists ladder. With a game-leading eight assists in tonight's game, Jones now has 309 in his career. He moved up to fourth place on the all-time assists ledger, and needs just one more to tie Mike Wood (1993-1997) for third place.
The Tigers will play two SCAC road games next weekend, starting Friday at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. The next day, Trinity travels to Shreveport, Louisiana, to take on Centenary College.