Kerrville, Texas - Trinity's men's basketball team nabbed a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road victory against conference leader Schreiner University on Thursday.
The game was nip-and-tuck throughout, featuring six ties and seven lead changes in the first meeting of the season between the two schools.
Schreiner's largest lead of the first period came less than six minutes into the game, when the home team took an 11-6 advantage. The Tigers fought back by scoring eight of the next nine points.
Trinity led by a 28-22 margin with five minutes remaining, but the Mountaineers battled back to within one by the half. The Tigers led 32-31 at the break, holding Schreiner to just nine made field goals in the period.
Schreiner quickly reclaimed control of the game after halftime, scoring nine of the first 10 points of the second period. Except for a brief stint midway through the second half, the Mountaineers led most of the final 20 minutes.
Trailing by five points with just seven minutes to play, the Tigers made their move with a 12-1 run that made it a 66-60 Trinity lead with 3:41 remaining. Trinity hit 8-9 from the field in the final five minutes of the game, beginning with a three-pointer that gave the Tigers the lead for good.
The Tigers evened their overall record to 12-12, and stand in fifth place in the SCAC with a 7-6 mark. The Mountaineers are sporting the best conference record, but now are 13-11 and 10-3 in conference after the loss.
Isaiah Specks came off the bench and paced the Tigers with a 14-point performance. Specks hit 6-8 of his shots and grabbed four rebounds in just 20 minutes of action.
Matt Jones added 13 points, and led the team with five assists. Jones has chalked up 123 assists this season, and is five away from tying the Trinity single season record that he set just last year.
The Mountaineers committed 15 turnovers, and Trinity capitalized with a 15-5 advantage in points off turnovers. The Tigers gave away just eight turnovers in the game.
The Tigers will host Schreiner in the final regular season home game of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, February 18. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. tip on Senior Night at Trinity.