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.
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.