Men's Hoops Falls to Southwestern in SCAC Road Game

Men's Hoops Falls to Southwestern in SCAC Road Game

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.

Matthew Colliflower finished with nine points, and team-highs with eight rebounds and five assists. Ben Hanley also finished with six points and four assists, as well as grabbing seven rebounds.

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.