St. Louis, Missouri - The Tiger men’s basketball team put forth one of its best games of the season, but came up short in an 83-74 loss to ninth-ranked Emory University at the Lopata Classic on Friday night.
Trinity remained winless at 0-6, while Emory improved to 5-1 after the victory, held on the campus of Washington University-St. Louis.
In the final minutes of the opening period, the Tigers held a 30-24 lead, but Emory used a 20-6 spurt over the final seven minutes to take the lead at the intermission. After falling behind by 15 points (43-58) in the second, Trinity showed its tenacity by pulling to within five on several occasions. The last came with just under five minutes to play, on a layup by Pulliam that made it 64-69 at the time.
Pulliam tied for the game’s scoring lead, netting a team-season-high 23 points for the Tigers - 18 of which came in the second half of play. Pulliam shot 8-14 from the field, 3-4 in three-point range, sank 4-5 free throws, and pulled in four rebounds.
Matt Selling added 14 points, hitting 6-16 from the field and 2-7 beyond the arc. Selling also accounted for five rebounds and three assists. Craig Saltarelli scored eight points and led the matchup with four steals. Jimmy Clark also produced eight points, and made a Tigers best six rebounds. William Young dished out seven assists to his Trinity teammates, setting a season high.
The Tigers shot 47 percent from the field and hit 38 percent at long distance (8-21). The Eagles hit 45 percent of their shots, and made 40 percent in 3-point range, dropping in 12 treys. Emory held a 43-34 advantage in total rebounds.
Alex Foster of Emory recorded a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Will Trawick also scored 23 points.
The classic concludes Saturday as Trinity takes on host Washington University (ranked fourth) at 8:00 p.m.