San Antonio - A second-half rally by the Tiger men's basketball team fell short as Trinity lost an 82-72 game against Sul Ross State (TX) University in the Trinity Holiday Classic on Monday afternoon.
The Tigers fell behind early as Sul Ross was on fire from the start, hitting nine of their first 10 three-point attempts and 11-14 overall from the field over the first 10-plus minutes of the game. The Lobos led 36-15 with 9:47 left in the first half, including an 11-0 over the first 3:14 of the game.
Sul Ross led by as many as 24 points with just over six minutes left in the first period, but Trinity put together a 10-0 run over the final 2:47 of the half to make it a 46-33 game at the break.
The Tigers continued their run into the second half, outscoring the Lobos 11-3 over the first 3:09 of the period to make it a 44-49 deficit. Sul Ross answered the extended run with 11 unanswered points over the next two-plus minutes to push the lead back to 16 points (60-44) with 13:02 to play.
Trinity was unable to get closer than 13 points until the Tigers scored the final seven points of the game to account for the 82-72 final score.
Trinity falls to 2-9 with its second consecutive loss, while Sul Ross improves to 6-7 on the season after winning both games at the holiday tournament.
Danny Rivara came off the bench to score 24 points and grab five rebounds in just 19 minutes, shooting 9-16 from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line. His 24 points is a season-best for the Tiger senior, who notched his 10th career game with at least 20 points.
Isaiah Specks also reached double figures as a reserve, scoring 13 points to go with four boards.
Tyler Peavy had 11 points and four rebounds to go with three assists, and he has now reached double figures in four out of the last five games.
AJ Clark paced the Tigers with five assists, adding five points and four rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
Trinity picked up 16 offensive rebounds to nab a 15-3 edge in second-chance points and outrebounded Sul Ross 43-37 in the game. After Sul Ross shot better than 60% from three-point range in the first half, the Tiger defense held the visitors to just 5-13 (38.5%) from distance in the second.
Trinity will resume Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action next weekend, facing off against the University of Dallas (TX) in a road matchup on Friday, January 4, at 6:00 p.m.