San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team dropped a 77-71 home game against Centenary (LA) College to open up its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) weekend.
The Tigers started off strong in the first half and were able to take an early lead. Centenary continued to sink shots to keep the game close, but a three-pointer by Isaiah Specks with 10:13 remaining in the first half gave Trinity a nine-point advantage.
The Gents continued to chip away at the Tiger lead and were able to bring it to within one point with just over seven minutes until halftime. However, a quick 8-0 run by the Tigers put the home team ahead by nine again roughly two minutes later.
Trinity held the Gents to just over 35% shooting overall and 36% shooting from three-point range in the first period, and the Tigers took a 34-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second half proved to be much of the same early on, as the Tigers were able to build their lead to 46-37 with 13:57 remaining in the game. Centenary exploded for 16 of the next 17 points in the next four minutes of action, including 11 unanswered points that were highlighted by three consecutive three-point buckets.
Two straight baskets from Jayden Holden tied the game at 55-55 with 7:27 to play, but Trinity was not able to reclaim the lead. Centenary answered with five straight points, then built that margin to double digits (71-61) with 2:06 remaining.
Trinity got to within five points twice in the final minute, but the Gents made eight consecutive free throws and scored 10 of the game's final 14 points to close out the game.
Trinity had its two-game win streak snapped with the loss, falling to 9-7 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Centenary improved its record to 10-6 overall, which includes a 4-2 mark in the SCAC.
Danny Rivara led four Tigers in double figures, finishing with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Rivara hit 7-12 from the floor and 3-4 from the foul line in his 34 minutes of action.
Isaiah Specks paced six Trinity reserves with 16 points in 25 minutes, knocking down 5-10 from the field and 5-8 from the charity stripe.
Trinity will finish off its SCAC weekend by hosting Austin (TX) College tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m.