Seguin, Texas - The Trinity men's basketball team lost a hard-fought Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference game 65-59 Saturday to Texas Lutheran University.
Trinity fell behind early as Texas Lutheran hit three three-pointers in the first three minutes of the game and started with an 11-3 advantage. The Tigers got five unanswered points to pull within three with 15:41 remaining in the first half, but the Bulldogs spent most of the first half leading by double digits.
The lead inched up to 14 points in the final minutes, but Trinity scored six straight to make it a 36-28 deficit with 2:20 left. Texas Lutheran's bucket in the final minute was the only other score by either team the rest of the half, and the home team led 38-28 at the break.
After halftime, both teams came out strong and practically went shot for shot with each other during the first four minutes of the second half. The Tigers exploded though with a 13-2 run that tied the game at 49-all with 10:24 left on the clock, and first-year Jordan Lippman hit a three-pointer to give Trinity their first lead of the night.
The Bulldogs were able to tie the game again at 54-54 with just under six minutes to play. The home team took a marginal lead, but the Tigers weren't going down without a fight. First-year Ben Hanley was fouled on his layup, then converted the free throw to put Trinity up a point with 3:05 left on the clock.
Texas Lutheran answered with a three-pointer with 2:36 remaining to regain control of the game, which led to a 7-0 run by the home team to give them the 65-59 win.
The Tigers now stand at 3-16 overall and are 3-7 in SCAC play. The Bulldogs won their sixth straight game and improved to 13-6 and 8-2 in conference competition. Texas Lutheran was a 64-54 winner over Trinity on January 5 in Calgaard Gym.
Isaiah Specks fired in a game-high and career-best 29 points. Specks shot 11-18 from the field, sank 6-7 free throws, grabbed six rebounds, and chalked up two assists.
Trinity shot 42.1% from the field and Texas Lutheran made 44.2% of its shots. The Tigers' bench led the Bulldogs' subs 16-3 in scoring, and each team amassed 34 rebounds.
The Tigers host Schreiner (TX) University in an SCAC game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.