San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team opened its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference home weekend with a 69-66 loss to Johnson & Wales (CO) University Friday night.
Trinity jumped out in front early and never trailed until the final second of the game, as Johnson & Wales hit a late three-pointer to escape with the win.
The Tigers led by as many as 21 points early in the second half, but the Wildcats were able to whittle that down to just four with 6:57 to play. Trinity broke a scoring drought of nearly four minutes with nine unanswered points to push the lead back to 63-50 with just under four minutes left.
Trinity hit 1-2 at the line and the lead was still 10 (66-56) with 2:16 left, but that free throw turned out to be the final point of the night for the Tigers. Johnson & Wales missed a three-pointer with less than 40 seconds to play, but an offensive rebound and a layup cut the lead to just two points with 32 seconds left and the visitors were forced to foul as the clocked ticked under 30 seconds.
The Tigers missed both free throws with 23 seconds left, but the Wildcats also missed a go-ahead three-pointer with 14 seconds left and had to foul again. Trinity came up short at the line once again with 11 seconds left to set up the game-winning basket.
Johnson & Wales hit the winning three-pointer with 0.8 seconds left in the game to take a 67-66 lead. Trinity was out of timeouts but called for one anyway and Johnson & Wales hit two foul shots to make it a three-point lead. The Tigers actually got off a shot that traveled nearly the entire length of the floor and would have forced overtime, but it rimmed out and the Wildcats took the win.
After their seventh straight loss, the Tigers now stand at 2-14 overall this season and 2-5 in the SCAC. The Wildcats improved to 13-5 and 6-3 in the SCAC competition.
Matthew Colliflower registered a career-high 20 points, as he hit 7-14 of his shots from the field, while going 6-9 at the charity stripe. Colliflower posted the second-highest point total by a Trinity player this season.
Isaiah Specks was the only other Tiger player who scored in double figures, with 12 points in his column. Specks shot 4-8 from the field and 4-6 at the free throw line, while leading the game with six assists. He also was responsible for all of Trinity's three steals in the matchup.
Trinity posted a season-high 45 rebounds, and Johnson & Wales had 34. The Tigers bench outscored the Wildcats subs 20-11.
The Tigers shot 44.1% from the field, while the Wildcats made 37.7% of their shots.
The Tigers will host Colorado College in an SCAC matchup at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.