San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team finished off a regular season sweep of Austin (TX) College with an 81-71 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory on Friday night.
The two teams went back and forth early in the game, passing the five-minute mark with the game tied 8-8. Trinity rattled off six straight points over the next two minutes and took control of the game. Austin got within two points (14-12) with back-to-back buckets, but the Tigers scored nine of the next 11 points to lead 25-16 with 8:07 left in the first half.
The lead grew to 12 points with 2:00 on the clock in the first period, but Austin held Trinity scoreless from that point on and was able to cut the lead in half to make it a 37-31 game at the break.
Neither team scored for the first couple of minutes after halftime, but Austin did get to within two points (37-35) with 17:31 remaining in the game. The Tigers never gave up the lead, though, scoring a pair of three-pointers on the next two possessions to push the lead back to eight points.
Austin continued to battle back and got within two points several times over the next few minutes - the last time being with 8:02 left in the game. Trinity rattled off seven unanswered points after that to make it a 62-53 game with under six minutes to play.
The lead went to 11 points with 2:01 left, but Austin was able to stay in the game by fouling, and Trinity missed four consecutive free throws. The Tiger defense continued to shine, forcing four missed shots amongst the free throws and the home team remained in control.
Another three-pointer put Austin within six points (74-68) with just over a minute to go, but the Tigers made 7-8 foul shots in the final 61 seconds to seal the victory.
Trinity snapped a three-game losing streak with tonight's win, improving the team's record to 4-17 overall and 4-8 in SCAC. Austin fell to 7-13 overall and 3-8 in league play, falling a spot behind the Tigers in the SCAC standings.
Jordan Lippman led four Tiger scorers in double figures, hitting 4-8 from the field and 7-9 from the foul line to reach a career-high 17 points in just 20 minutes of action. Lippman also had three rebounds and three blocks in the game.
Tyler Peavy came off the bench with 13 points in 16 minutes, finishing a perfect 6-6 at the free throw line and hitting a pair of three-pointers.
Carter Laramore made his first career start in tonight's game, picking up a team-high eight rebounds.
Trinity was able to overcome 39.7% shooting by making a season-best 28 free throws in tonight's game. The Tiger defense also held Austin College to just 37.7% shooting overall and just 5-28 (17.9%) from three-point range.
The Tigers take on Centenary (LA) College in an SCAC game at 6:00 p.m. Saturday.