Sherman, Texas - The Trinity men's basketball team swept its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference series with Austin College by scoring a 73-65 victory Friday night.
The Tigers started slowly as Austin scored the first six points of the game, but the visitors quickly caught up to tie the game 8-8. After a back-and-forth sequence during which neither team could pull away, Trinity turned a two-point advantage into a 33-23 lead with an 8-0 run late in the period.
Trinity did stall at the end of the first, failing to score in the last 2:24 of the half, but also held Austin to just two buckets, and the Tigers led 33-27 at the break.
The second half started slowly again for the Tigers, but Trinity had built a 57-41 advantage on the strength of a 17-1 run that ended with 10 minutes left in the game. That lead ballooned as high as 20 points with 4:24 to go. Austin made a run late in the game, but Trinity's lead was too much to overcome.
The Tigers have won four of their last five games, and stand at 11-11 overall, and 6-5 in the SCAC. Austin College dropped to 6-17 and 2-10 SCAC. Trinity beat the 'Roos 79-75 last month in a home game.
Four Tiger players scored in double figures, paced by a game-high 16 points from Matt Jones. Jones shot 6-8 from the field, sank 3-4 free throws, dished out eight assists, and grabbed seven rebounds. He now has 317 assists in his column, and moved into third place in Trinity's record book.
Danny Rivara and Aaron Knopp each produced 14 points in the winning effort. Rivara shot 7-13, and led the team with eight rebounds. Knopp had a 5-9 night from the field. Jayden Holden added 12 points, and also pulled in seven rebounds.
Trinity limited the Kangaroos to 26.9% shooting, while the Tigers hit 46.6% of their shots.
The Tigers head to Shreveport, Louisiana, Saturday, to take on Centenary College in an SCAC matchup at 6:00 p.m.