San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team battled back to edge Howard Payne (TX) University 92-90 in an overtime thriller Tuesday night.
After trailing 51-41 at the end of the first half, the Tigers turned things around in the second half as they overcame a 15 point deficit to tighten the game that would eventually be forced into overtime.
The first half of action was nip and tuck in the early stages, but after tying the game at 32-all, the Yellow Jackets offense charged away with the lead before heading into the lockerroom for halftime.
Trinity came out swinging in the second period and gave the home crowd a true come from behind victory. The Tigers were finally able to tie the game 69-69 for the first time since the first half with 7:27 remaining on the clock.
Two free throws gave the Tigers an 80-76 lead with 14 seconds left, but a Yellow Jackets shot from beyond the arc tightened the game to a one-point affair.
Trinity sank one of two free throws, but Howard Payne however would not go down without a fight and sent the game into overtime with a layup at the buzzer.
The overtime period was characteristic of the entire game, as both teams continued to battle it out. A Tiger layup gave the home team a three-point lead at 2:27.
Two free throws by Howard Payne tied the game for the 12th and final time with 32 seconds on the clock. Danny Rivara hit the game winning shot with 9.8 seconds left, and the Tiger defense held on for the win.
The Tigers now stand at 2-2 on the season, while the Yellow Jackets dropped to 0-2.
Trinity's 92 points were a season-high for the Tigers.
Danny Rivara poured in a career-high and team season-best 30 points. Rivara also had his second double-double of the season as he also picked up a season-high 12 rebounds.
Matt Jones shelled out six assists along with nine points. Jones has now chalked up 359 career assists and moved into second place in Trinity's record books. He surpassed Mark Murphy (1985-1989) who previously held the #2 position.
Trinity heads to Belton, Texas, for a Saturday afternoon matchup with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Tigers return home Tuesday, November 28, to host Sul Ross State (TX) University at 7:00 p.m.