Georgetown, Texas - Trinity's men's basketball team opened up the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with a 71-65 loss to host Southwestern (TX) University on Friday night.
After both teams went back and forth in the opening minutes of the game, Trinity scored six unanswered points to go up 16-10 and take temporary control of the contest.
The Tigers led by 10 points with just over three minutes remaining, but Southwestern rallied and cut the lead in half by the break, and Trinity held a 37-32 advantage.
The Pirates came out on fire to start the second half, using a 20-5 run that lasted just over seven minutes, to take a 52-42 lead.
Trinity got three of those points back on its next possession, but then both teams went cold, and neither scored a point over the next four minutes.
Southwestern scored a three-pointer to break the game's scoreless drought, and that started a 10-2 run to put the home team ahead 62-47 with under seven minutes to go.
With 1:25 remaining, the Tigers were able to trim the lead to eight points, but Southwestern hit two free throws, then forced a turnover on Trinity's next possession. That led to another bucket by the Pirates with 45 seconds left, putting the game out of reach at 71-59.
The Tigers completed their season with a 12-14 record, while the Pirates improved to 14-12. Trinity had defeated Southwestern twice during the regular season.
Jayden Holden led the Tigers with his third double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Holden shot 6-9 from the field, and went 5-6 at the charity stripe.
Matt Jones distributed five assists, bringing his season total to 138. Jones earlier broke his own Tiger single-season assists record. With Friday's performance, Jones now has 345 career assists, and stands in third place on Trinity's all-time list.
Senior Josh Ingram scored the final six points of the game, hitting a pair of three-pointers in the final 18 seconds to close out his career.