Arlington, Virginia - The Trinity men's basketball team lost a hard-fought consolation game 65-55 to Wilmington (OH) College at the Pablo Coto Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
Wilmington jumped ahead with six straight points to start the game, then extended the lead to 15-4 with 12:30 remaining in the first period.
The Tigers stayed within reach over the next few minutes, then made their move with an 15-3 run to take a 26-22 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the opening half. The Quakers answered by scoring the final six points of the half to go back in front 28-26 at the half.
Trinity was held scoreless over the first three-plus minutes of the second half, but Wilmington added just five early points for a 33-28 lead. The Quakers put another run together to extend the lead to 47-34 with just over 10 minutes left in the game.
The Tigers answered by scoring 12 of the next 13 points and drawing within two points (46-48) with 5:13 to play. Wilmington then hit a pair of threes to spark eight unanswered points to push the advantage back to double figures less than two minutes later. Trinity got within six with 2:33 to go, but couldn't get any closer as the Quakers held on for the win.
Trinity stands at 0-3 on the season, while Wilmington improved to 2-1.
Isaiah Specks shot 6-13 from the field to pace the Tigers with 15 points, as well as pulling in four rebounds.
Jordan Lippman came of the bench with a 10-point performance, shooting 3-3 overall and hitting both attempts from both the three-point line and the foul line. He was elected to the All-Tournament Team.
Nylan Yancy contributed seven points, six rebounds, and two steals.
Karthik Reddy grabbed eight rebounds, made three steals, and blocked a pair of shots.
Matthew Colliflower led the Tigers with three assists in his column.
The Tigers shot 37.2% from the field, while the Quakers hit 29.3% of their shots.
Trinity will host the Leslie Robinson Invitational Classic next Friday through Sunday. First up is a game with Whitworth (WA) University at 3:00 p.m. Friday.