Shreveport, Louisiana - Trinity's men's basketball team earned its second consecutive victory with a 67-62 road win over Centenary (LA) College on Wednesday afternoon.
Trinity had a slow start to the game by missing eight of its first nine shots, but the Tiger defense kept things close as Centenary only led 5-2 during that stretch. The Tigers did find themselves down 13-6 with under 12 minutes left in the first half and still trailed by six as the clocked ticked under eight minutes remaining.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Tyler Peavy tied the game up, though, and then Aaron Knopp put Trinity in front for the first time with his layup on the following possession. After Centenary tied the game 20-20, Peavy drained another long-distance shot to put the Tigers back in front with less than five minutes left until halftime. After Centenary hit a three of its own to edge back in front with 3:40 to play, Trinity scored the final eight points of the period to take a 31-24 lead into the break.
After halftime, Centenary scored five quick points to cut the margin to just two, but Trinity scored six of the next eight to push the lead to 37-31. Trinity could never quite pull away, though, as the Gents hit just enough shots to keep the deficit to no more than seven points. After Isaiah Specks hit a three-pointer to make it 47-40 with 8:06 left in the game, Centenary used a 9-1 run to take the lead.
That lead last just four seconds, though, as Matthew Colliflower's layup put Trinity back in front 50-49 and the Tigers never trailed again. The Gents were back within one (52-51) with 3:53 to play when Danny Rivara started a 7-0 Trinity run that lasted just over two minutes and put the visitors comfortably in front 59-51 with 1:51 to go. The Tigers then hit 6-6 at the foul line over the final 28 seconds to seal the victory.
The Tigers are now 2-7 on the season and 2-0 in conference play, snapping a six-game losing streak against Centenary. The Gents fell to 3-7 overall and 1-1 in SCAC, dropping a game to Trinity for the first time since a narrow 72-70 decision in 2015-16. The Tiger win marks just the second win in the last 10 meetings against the Gents, though Trinity improves its record to 7-9 in the series.
Danny Rivara came off the bench to lead the team in scoring for the second straight game, hitting 7-9 from the field to reach 14 points in just 21 minutes. Rivara also added seven rebounds to go with two assists.
Tyler Peavy hit 4-8 from three-point range to contribute 12 points in 20 minutes of action and was the only Tiger starter to reach double figures.
Matthew Colliflower knocked down all five of his field goals on his way to a 13-point afternoon, adding five rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes of action.
A.J. Clark led Trinity with six assists and four steals in the game, as well as picking up four rebounds and five points in the win.
Trinity shot a season-best 48.1% from the field, while holding Centenary under 39% shooting for the game and under 30% from three-point range.
The Tigers will begin play in the Trinity Christmas Classic with a game against Aurora (IL) College at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29.