Tiger Men's Basketball Defeats Rose-Hulman

Tiger Men's Basketball Defeats Rose-Hulman

Chicago, Illinois – Trinity scored its first victory of the young season with an 82-75 victory over Rose-Hulman (IN) Institute of Technology at the Midway Classic Tournament on Friday night.



Rose-Hulman raced out to an 8-2 lead early in the first half, but Trinity battled back to tie the game at 10-10 just over five minutes into the game.

Another 8-2 Tiger run later in the period broke a 17-17 tie and put Trinity in control with 4:30 left on the clock. The lead grew to as many as 11 points (34-23) with just over two minutes to go.

Rose-Hulman scored seven of the next nine to cut into the lead in the final minutes, but Matt Jones hit a shot as time expired, and the Tigers led 38-30 at the half.

A strong start to the second half put RHIT within two points (44-42) early, and then again (50-48) with 12 minutes remaining, but Trinity never gave up the lead.

With a 68-61 lead and 7:18 left on the clock, Trinity scored nine of the next 11 points to build its largest lead of the game and put the game out of reach with 4:10 to play.

Rose-Hulman clawed back to within five in the final minute, but a pair of free throws with 29 seconds left by Matt Jones sealed the Tiger victory.

The Tigers shot 50% from the field and better than 40% from three-point range in the game, including a blistering 17-29 (58.6%) performance in the second half.



Trinity improves to 1-1 on the season with tonight's win, while Rose-Hulman falls in its season opener.

Matt Jones led four Tiger players in double figures with a game-high 22 points, connecting on 8-10 from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc. He also knocked in 4-4 at the foul line, pulled down five rebounds, and dished out four assists.

Danny Rivara posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Aaron Knopp hit 6-8 shots on his way to a 13-point night.

Stephen Molina came off the bench with 12 points to go with four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. He hit 5-9 from the field and 2-4 three-point attempts. 



Trinity returns to the floor on Sunday afternoon, taking on tournament host University of Chicago at 3:00 p.m.