San Antonio - Trinity's men's basketball team lost an exhibition game 82-57 against neighboring Division I school the University of the Incarnate Word on Tuesday night.
Trinity scored the first points of the game on a three-pointer from Taylor Kim, then briefly led again when A.J. Clark knocked down another shot from distance to make it a 6-5 game with 16:48 left in the first half.
Incarnate Word scored 10 straight points in the next 2:48 to take control of the game, but the Tigers hung around for much of the first half. Jordan Lippman sank a pair of foul shots to cut the lead to just five (20-15) halfway through the period, then Carter Laramore scored a bucket less than two minutes later to keep it a six-point deficit.
The Cardinals doubled that narrow lead over the next two minutes, taking a 31-19 advantage with just over six minutes left before the half. Tyler Peavy's three-pointer made it a six-point game just a few minutes later, but Incarnate Word closed the half by eight points in the final minute to pull away 41-27 at the break.
Less than four minutes into the second half, Trinity was able to trim the deficit as low as 11 points on Stephen Molina's three-point basket, but that would be the closest the Tigers would get the rest of the way. In fact, Incarnate Word answered Molina's triple with a 12-0 scoring run that pushed the lead to 57-34 with just under 12 minutes left in the game.
Trinity did close the gap once again with a run of its own, capping a 10-1 run with a pair of free throws from Kevin Owens to cut the lead to 58-44 at the 9:06 mark in the game. Later in the half, Peavy cut the lead to just 16 points on two occasions, hitting back-to-back three-pointers for the Tigers.
The Cardinals answered Peavy's second long-range shot with 11 straight points down the stretch to close out the Tigers, though David Nickell did break up the run with his bucket in the final seconds to make it an 82-57 final score.
As an exhibition, the game does not count towards Trinity's overall record, though it was a regular game for Incarnate Word, and the Cardinals evened their season record to 5-5.
Tyler Peavy led the Tigers with his second straight game in double figures, scoring 11 points on 4-9 shooting that included 3-7 from three-point range.
A.J. Clark led Trinity wtih four rebounds and three assists, as well as being one of three Tiger players to score seven points in tonight's game. The others were Stephen Molina and Matthew Colliflower, who both added seven points off the bench.
Trinity's bench matched the reserves for Incarnate Word, with each team getting 33 points from its subs. The Tigers also forced 16 turnovers, committing just 14 themselves.
The Tigers will have the next 14 days off for fall semester finals, then will return to begin Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Tuesday, December 18. Trinity begins its conference slate at Austin (TX) College at 4:00 p.m.