San Antonio - A late rally fell short as the Trinity men's basketball team lost 64-54 to Texas Lutheran University in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game on Saturday night.
Trinity scored four of the first five points in the game and didn't trail until Texas Lutheran hit a three-pointer just over four minutes into the game. The Tigers answered that with a go-ahead three-pointer and after the Bulldogs tied the game 9-9 on the next possession, Brooks Mays hit his second straight shot from distance to put the Tigers in front 12-9 with 15:04 left in the first half.
Unfortunately, Trinity's offense went on a scoring drought that lasted more than 10 minutes in the game and led to a 13-0 scoring run by Texas Lutheran. The Tigers did score 11 points over the final 4:49 of the period, but the Bulldogs matched that scoring to keep it a 10-point margin at 33-23 by halftime.
Texas Lutheran was only able to push that lead as high as 14 points in the second half, as Trinity fought to keep the game within reach. That determination nearly paid off late in the period as the Tigers rallied to within five with 3:27 remaining.
AJ Clark scored a layup to make it a 55-50 game, then after a TLU three-pointer, Clark drove the basket again to find Matthew Colliflower for an easy bucket to make it 58-52 with 2:41 to play. Trinity's defense then forced a turnover and had a chance to cut further into the lead, but the Tigers gave the ball right back and the Bulldogs scored a fast-break layup to push the lead back to eight points.
Trinity made just two free throws in the final two minutes, while Texas Lutheran hit 4-4 at the line in the final 44 seconds to finish off the road win.
The Tigers now stand at 2-11 overall and are 2-2 in the SCAC. The Bulldogs improved to 8-6 and 3-2 in conference play.
Brooks Mays led all scorers with 16 points in the game, missing his season-best by a single point. Mays hit 5-11 from the field and 2-3 from three-point range, as well as pulling in five rebounds to go with two assists and two steals.
Isaiah Specks came off the bench and scored eight points, while starters AJ Clark and Jordan Lippman each added seven. Clark led the game with five assists, while Matthew Colliflower paced the Tigers with seven rebounds to go with six points scored.
Trinity's defense held Texas Lutheran to just 33.3% shooting in the game, though the Tigers were also held under 40% shooting for the game.
The Tigers will play two SCAC games in Colorado next weekend, starting Friday, January 11, at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.