San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team opened its Leslie Robinson Memorial Classic with a hard-fought 89-80 victory over Berry (GA) College Saturday night.
In spite of better than 57% shooting by the Vikings, the Tigers held a slight 46-43 advantage after the first half.
Trinity rallied from an eight-point deficit with 6:50 remaining in the first stanza, tying the score at 35-35 at the 3:24 mark.
The Tigers took a 46-39 lead in the final minute, but Berry finished the period strong to stay within striking distance at the break.
The second half was a reversal for both offenses. Trinity hit more than half of its shots, while Berry was held to just 10-30 (33.3%) from the field.
The Tigers took control of the game in the first few minutes of the second period, but Berry stormed back from an eight-point deficit to tie the game 61-61 with just over nine minutes to play.
Clinging to a two-point lead in the final minutes, Trinity used a 12-1 run to close out the game in style, and finish off the victory.
The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak and increased their record to 3-5. Trinity also scored a season-high 89 points. Berry dropped to 4-5 with the loss.
Matt Jones led all scorers with a personal season-high of 20 points, as well as recording six steals and four assists. The four assists moves him into 10th in school history in career assists, with 245.
Most of his damage came at the foul line, as Jones posted one of the best individual games in school history. He connected on 16 free throws in the game, tying for the second most in school history. Jones was a perfect 16-16 from the line, which is the second-best performance in Tiger basketball history.
The only player with a better day at the foul line for the Trinity men's team was Ryan Hyslop. Hyslop hit 18-18 from the line in a game against Rhodes in January, 1999.
A.J. Pulliam contributed 17 points, shooting 6-9 from the field, and grabbing six rebounds.
The Tigers boarded a season-high 49 rebounds, as opposed to 39 for the Vikings. Trinity connected on 34-55 from the charity stripe, with both figures counting as season-best marks. The two teams combined for a staggering 70 fouls in the game.
The Tigers conclude the Leslie Robinson Memorial Classic with a matchup against George Fox (OR) University at 3:00 p.m. Sunday.