Georgetown, Texas – The Tiger men's basketball team suffered a tough 69-78 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference loss at Southwestern (TX) University on Tuesday night.
Trinity was in control early in the game, opening the first period with a 12-3 run less than five minutes after the tip. Southwestern answered with a run of its own over the next several minutes, pulling in front 19-14 with just over eight minutes left in the half.
The Tigers briefly interrupted the momentum with a three-pointer to make it a one-possession game, but the Pirates extended the lead even further with six unanswered points. Southwestern led by as many as 10 points late in the period, but Trinity hit a shot in the waning seconds to make it a 35-27 game at the break.
After Trinity got a three-point play to start the second-half scoring, Southwestern scored back-to-back three-pointers to push the lead back to double digits at 41-30. The Tigers never got closer than seven points the rest of the way, which came with back-to-back buckets on the next two possessions.
Trinity trailed 48-40 after five minutes of the second half, but Southwestern scored nine of the next 11 points to take its largest lead of the game at 57-42.
The Tigers made a final push late in the period, getting the lead back to eight points (71-63) with 3:21 remaining, but Southwestern put together an 8-1 scoring burst that put the game out of reach.
Trinity falls to 3-15 overall and 3-6 in conference, while Southwestern is now 10-8 overall and tied atop the SCAC standings with a 7-2 mark.
The Tigers had beaten the Pirates four consecutive games during the regular season, including a 101-96 double-overtime game the last time the teams met in Georgetown.
Isaiah Specks poured in a career-high 25 points in the win, marking his first 20-point scoring game of the season. He connected on 11-21 from the field, 1-3 from three-point range, and was 2-2 at the foul line.
Aaron Knopp was the only other Trinity player in double figures, knocking down 7-11 shots for a season-best 15 points to go with five boards.
Though the Tigers held Southwestern to just 32.3% (10-31) shooting from three-point range, Trinity was also just 3-15 (20%) from distance and trailed 10-2 in fast break points. Southwestern also had a 22-12 edge in bench scoring in the game.
Trinity returns to action on Saturday, January 26, at 6:00 p.m., taking on Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas.