Tigers Defeated by #23 Emory in Weekend Finale

Tigers Defeated by #23 Emory in Weekend Finale

Atlanta, Georgia - Trinity's men's basketball team suffered a 116-77 road loss at the hands of 23rd-ranked Emory (GA) University on Saturday afternoon.



Trinity trailed the entire game as Emory opened the contest by hitting a pair of three-pointers to take an early 6-0 lead. Trinity scored six of the next eight points to make it an 8-6 game early, but that would be the closest the Tigers would get the rest of the way.

Emory answered Trinity's spurt with eight unanswered points of its own to push it to a double-digit lead after less than four minutes of game action. That lead ballooned to 31-14 by the midway point of the first period, but the Tigers rallied with a 14-2 run that cut the lead down to 33-28 with 6:45 left before the half. 

The Tigers were still within seven with three minutes to go in the first, but the Eagles scored eight of the final 10 points of the half and took a 51-38 lead into the locker room.

Trinity shot 50% overall from the field, hitting 5-10 from three-point range and 5-7 at the line, but Emory connected on five more field goals and hit better than 47% from the field and the three-point line.

In the second half, Emory was red-hot, hitting nearly 64% from the field and over 60% (11-18) from beyond the arc to pull away from the Tigers even more after the break.

Trinity hit the first shot of the second half to make it an 11-point game, but that would be as close as the visitors would get the rest of the way. Emory scored seven consecutive points after that, keying a 19-8 run that pushed the Eagles lead to 22 points with just under 13 minutes to play.

Emory continued to run away with the game, pushing the lead to 30 points with 4:26 remaining, and scoring 11 of the last 14 points over the final 2:30 to get to the final score.



Trinity falls to 0-7 on the year, which is the team's worst start to the year since going 0-9 at the beginning of the 2014-15 season. Emory snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 5-2 this year.

The Tigers scored a season-best 77 points and shot a season-high 46.6% from the field in the game, but the team also committed 22 turnovers (second-most this year) and had just 30 rebounds (tied for the lowest this season).

Tyler Peavy came off the bench to lead five Trinity players in double figures, scoring a career-high 14 points in 23 minutes of action. 

Matthew Colliflower knocked down 5-6 from the field for 12 points, adding four rebounds in his 17 minutes on the floor. The game marked the 10th time in his career that he has reached double figures in scoring.

Danny Rivara finished with 10 points and a team-best five rebounds.

Aaron Knopp and Isaiah Specks had 10 points each off the bench. Specks also added a team-high five assists and two blocks, while Knopp had four rebounds and hit 5-6 from the floor.



Trinity will return to San Antonio, playing in an exhibition game at Division I University of the Incarnate Word (TX) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.