San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team won a wild double-overtime Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference thriller 92-91 over the University of Dallas (TX) on Saturday night.
Down two with just 2.8 seconds to play, Trinity's Brooks Mays pulled up for a buzzer-beating three-point bucket to lift the Tigers to victory. You can check out the final play here:
Trinity held a 72-68 lead in the second half, but Dallas scored four unanswered points in the final 1:26 of regulation to force the first overtime period.
In the first overtime, it was Dallas that held the lead late, knocking down a pair of free throws with 1:54 left to make it a 76-73 game. Matt Jones hit a jumper to cut the lead to just one on the next Trinity possession, but then both teams missed chances to add points - including a pair of missed free throws from the Tigers.
With 4.3 seconds to go, and his team still trailing by one (76-75), Aaron Knopp dropped in a layup and drew a foul to put the Tigers on top 77-76. The ensuing free throw missed, but the ball went off of a Dallas player to give Trinity the ball with 3.3 seconds left.
Knopp was fouled again on the inbound play, making the first free throw, but missing the second. Dallas got the rebound and called timeout with just 1.2 seconds to go, and trailing 78-76.
After a timeout, Dallas heaved the inbounds play to the far end of the court, hoping for a desperating shot, but the ball was punched out of bounds by a Trinity player. That resulted in a technical foul, and Michael Sarrat calmly sank both free throws to tie the game for the Crusaders, and send the game into a second overtime.
Trinity led 87-83 with 1:37 to go in the second extra frame, but Dallas got a quick three-point play on a layup and a foul. The Crusaders went on to score seven quick points to turn a four-point deficit into a 90-87 lead with just 20 seconds to play.
Jones scored with 9.9 seconds left to cut the lead to just one, and after attempting to get a steal, Trinity was finally able to foul with 2.8 seconds to go. Dallas missed the first free throw, but then scored the second to set up the buzzer-beater from Mays.
Trinity led 39-27 at halftime, and maintained that lead through the early part of the second. Dallas rallied in the final nine minutes, though, setting up the late-game dramatics.
The Tigers won both games of their SCAC home weekend, and now stand at 9-10 overall, with a 4-4 mark in the conference. Dallas dropped to 6-12 and 1-8 SCAC after Saturday's loss.
The two teams split the regular season series, as the Crusaders beat the Tigers 83-70 on January 22 in Irving, Texas.
Four Tiger players scored in double figures, paced by Aaron Knopp's double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Knopp shot 9-15 from the field.
Matt Jones led the team with five assists, while scoring nine points. Jones moves past Jonathan McNulty (1992-96) for seventh place in career assists as Trinity. He needs just seven more to become the sixth player ever to reach 300 in a career.
The 92 points and eight blocks marked a season-high for Trinity, and the Tigers also tied a season-best mark of 49 rebounds.
Trinity will host two more SCAC games next weekend, taking on Southwestern (TX) University on Friday night, followed by a Saturday evening matchup against Texas Lutheran University.