Irving, Texas – The Tiger men's basketball team fell short in a 73-64 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road loss at the University of Dallas (TX) on Friday night.
Dallas took an early five-point lead in the game, but Trinity fought back quickly to pull in front for the first time with just under 12 minutes left in the first half.
After Dallas used an 11-2 run to turn a 12-16 deficit into another five-point margin, Trinity scored five straight to tie things up for the fifth time in the game with just over four minutes left until the break.
The teams were tied 26-26 less than a minute later when Dallas took control of the game by scoring 11 of the final 12 points over the final 3:34 of the period, securing a 37-27 halftime advantage.
In the second half, Dallas was able to maintain enough of that lead to hold off several Trinity attempts to claw back into the game. The Tigers scored four straight to get within six points at 42-36, but that was as close as the visitors would get in the second half.
After a Tiger basket made it a nine-point game with just over seven minutes left, Trinity was limited to just one point over the next six-plus minutes – missing seven consecutive shots. Luckily, the defense held Dallas to just four points over that stretch to keep the game in reach down the stretch.
Trinity got as close as seven points in the final minute, but Dallas hit 5-6 free throws in the final 36 seconds to hold off the Tiger rally in the end.
Trinity falls to 2-10 overall this season, suffering its first conference loss to move to 2-1 in SCAC play. Dallas improved to 4-8 overall and 3-2 in the SCAC.
Danny Rivara led the Tigers with 17 points off the bench, hitting 6-15 from the floor and 5-7 at the foul line. He also tied for the team lead with five rebounds.
Isaiah Specks was the only other Trinity player to score in double figures, reaching 11 points on 4-9 shooting and recording a pair of steals.
Trinity's defense forced 21 turnovers that led to 17 points, and the Tigers also held a 16-2 advantage in second-chance points after finishing with 15 offensive rebounds.
The Tigers return home to face Texas Lutheran University tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.