San Antonio – Trinity's men's basketball team had its two-game winning streak snapped in a 92-76 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference loss to Southwestern (TX) University on Saturday evening.
Trinity jumped out to the early lead with five points in the first 49 seconds, but Southwestern went in front with seven unanswered points over the next 63 seconds.
The Tigers led briefly once again after a three-point play, but Southwestern scored 10 of the next 12 points to pull back in front 17-10.
Trinity got no closer than a five-point deficit the rest of the way, and the Pirates blew the game open with a 17-3 run that made it a 36-17 game with 6:32 left in the first half.
Southwestern hit a pair of threes in the final 1:05 of the first half to take its largest lead at the time, heading into the locker room with a 54-32 advantage.
The Pirates were red-hot in the opening period, hitting 64.5% from the field and going 11-19 (57.9%) from three-point range.
It was more of the same after halftime as the lead ballooned to a game-best 28 points in the first five minutes of the second period. Trinity trailed by 20 or more points for most of the period, and Southwestern's first half lead was enough to carry them to the win.
Trinity falls to 5-18 overall and 5-9 in SCAC play with the loss, while Southwestern evens its overall record at 11-11 and moves to 8-5 in conference.
The Tigers are now 32-14 against the Pirates under Head Coach Pat Cunningham (since the 1999-00 season), though Southwestern swept the regular season series from Trinity after also winning at home earlier in the year.
Taylor Kim led the way for Trinity with a career-high 19 points, hitting 6-12 from the field, 2-5 from three-point range, and went a perfect 5-5 at the foul line.
Danny Rivara came off the bench with 17 points in just 22 minutes, connecting on 4-6 shots and 9-12 free throws. Rivara also had three assists and three steals in the game.
Jordan Lippman finished with 13 points on 5-10 shooting, collecting a pair of rebounds as well.
Stephen Molina tied Rivara and Kim for the team lead with four rebounds in the game, as well as adding four points and three assists.
Trinity will return to action on Tuesday, February 12, facing off against Schreiner (TX) University at 7:30 p.m. in Kerrville, Texas.