Arlington, Virginia - The Trinity men's basketball team opened the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament Saturday with a 67-51 loss to Christopher Newport (VA) University at Marymount (VA) University.
Trinity missed its first 10 shots to open the game, falling behind 11-1 after more than eight minutes of the first period. After the Tigers hit a couple of shots to make it an 11-5 game, Christopher Newport scored six unanswered to go ahead 17-5 with less than eight minutes remaining in the half.
Trailing 26-9 with under four minutes until the break, Trinity finally put a run together to score seven straight points in less than two minutes to cut the deficit to just 10 points. The Captains were able to push it back to a 31-18 game by the half.
The Tigers closed to within 11 points early in the second half, but could get no closer the rest of the way. Christopher Newport pushed the lead as high as 22 points with less than five minutes to play, and a 9-3 finish by Trinity was not nearly enough to stage a rally.
The Tigers fell to 0-2, while the Captains opened their season and stand at 1-0.
Karthik Reddy came off the bench to post a career-high and game-leading 15 points, shooting 4-7 from the field and 7-8 from the free-throw line. Reddy also led the Tigers with seven rebounds.
Jordan Lippman chipped in 10 points, while sinking 6-6 free throws.
Christopher Newport shot 39% from the field, while Trinity was limited to 27.7%. The Tiger bench led the Captains in scoring 37-27.
Trinity plays Wilmington (OH) College in a consolation game at 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Sunday.