San Antonio – The Tiger men's basketball team defeated Hardin-Simmons (TX) University 76-50 for the team's fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday night.
Trinity led from the start, scoring the first five points of the game and taking a 16-6 advantage less than six minutes into the contest.
Hardin-Simmons cut a double-digit Tiger lead to just six on two different occasions, but the Cowboys would get no closer the rest of the way.
The Tigers shot 48.4% (15-31) from the field in the first period, holding Hardin-Simmons to just eight field goals and a 27.6% shooting clip, and taking a 35-24 lead into the locker room.
Trinity scored the first five points after halftime to extend the lead even more, then pushed that lead to 21 points with 13:08 remaining in the game.
After Hardin-Simmons scored to drop the lead under 20, the Tigers went on an 18-4 run to run the lead out to 33 points (74-41) and effectively end the game.
Trinity finished with a 42% shooting night as a team, connecting on 29-69 from the field. Hardin-Simmons was held to just 20-63 shooting (31.7%), and the Tigers also forced 17 turnovers by the visitors. For the game, Trinity led 12-0 on second-chance points and 19-9 on points off turnovers.
Trinity improves to 5-2 with the win, while Hardin-Simmons falls to 1-5.
Danny Rivara led all players with a solid double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds in just 26 minutes of action.
Matt Jones dished out a Trinity-best four assists in the game, tying the school's all-time record for a career. Jones draws even with William Young (2011-15) with 376 career helpers.
Isaiah Specks came off the bench with 15 points and six rebounds in just 20 minutes, hitting 5-8 from the field and 2-4 from beyond the arc.
The Tigers will be off for the next 10 days, but will remain home for the Leslie Robinson Invitational Classic Tournament on December 15-16. Trinity will host Southwestern (TX) University, Springfield (MA) College, and East Texas Baptist University over the two-day event.