Shreveport, Louisiana - The Trinity men's basketball team concluded its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend with an 87-81 loss to Centenary College Saturday night.
Trinity led most of the first half, taking its largest lead (22-14) with just under 12 minutes to go in the period. Centenary rallied to tie the game 28-28 just a few minutes later, and then took a slim 36-35 lead with 4:20 to go.
The Tigers wrestled the lead back with five unanswered points, and the four-point lead held until the final seconds when Centenary hit a three at the buzzer for the 42-41 halftime score.
In the second half, Trinity answered an early basket - another Centenary three that put the home team ahead by two - with a 9-1 run that pushed the Tigers to a 51-45 advantage with more than 15 minutes to go.
This time it was Centenary's turn to put together an extended run, scoring 15 of 16 points to nab an eight-point lead at the midway point of the period. The Gents built that lead up to 74-61 with under five minutes left.
Trinity stormed back with a 9-0 run to make it a four-point game with 2:43 remaining. The Gents took back control of the game with five straight points in less than a minute to push the lead back to nine. Centenary went 6-8 from the foul line in the final minute to seal the win.
The Tigers are now 11-12 overall, and stand at 6-6 in the SCAC. Centenary improved to 11-13 and 5-8 SCAC. The Gents beat the Tigers 79-71 last month in San Antonio.
Danny Rivara produced his eighth double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and pulling in 12 rebounds. Rivara shot 9-14 from the field, shelled out three assists, and had two blocks and two steals.
Matt Jones scored 17 points, along with dishing out eight assists for the fourth consecutive game. Jones is third on Trinity's all-time career assists list, with 325 to his credit.
The Tigers travel to Kerrville, Texas, on Thursday to take on Schreiner University in an SCAC matchup at 7:30 p.m.