San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team concluded its Leslie Robinson Invitational Classic with a 78-64 loss to the University of Texas at Dallas on Sunday.
The two teams were pretty even in the early going, but UT-Dallas used a 12-2 run to take a 22-10 lead with just over 13 minutes left in the first half. The Tigers never recovered after that and the lead remained in double figures for the rest of the game.
Trinity was within 13 points with just under eight minutes left in the half, but a 14-4 run made it a 43-20 UTD lead with 2:53 left before halftime. The Tigers scored seven of the last nine points of the half to make it a 45-27 game at the break, but the damage had already been done.
Both teams shot better than 40% from the field in the first half, but while Dallas made 14 shots - six from beyond the arc - and 11-11 from the foul line, Trinity connected for just eight field goals overall and was only 1-5 from the three-point line.
Trinity's defense held the visitors to just 33 points and under 40% shooting in the second half, which allowed the Tigers to make a late comeback attempt. Trailing by 25 points with just under nine minutes left in the game, Trinity scored 13 of the next 15 points to make it a 72-58 game with 4:20 remaining. The Comets responded with a 6-1 run that pushed the lead back to 19 points and effectively ended the rally, though the Tigers did outscore UT-Dallas 37-33 in the second half.
The Tigers dropped to 0-5, while the Comets improved to 5-1.
Karthik Reddy hit 4-6 from the field and 6-9 from the foul line to lead Trinity with 14 points, as well as grabbing a team-best nine rebounds to go with a pair of assists.
Danny Rivara added 12 points and seven boards, along with shelling out two assists.
The Tigers head to Atlanta, Georgia, to take on Oglethorpe (GA) University at 6:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday.