San Antonio – The Tiger men's basketball team finished off its regular season schedule with a 68-55 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over the University of Dallas (TX) on Saturday night.
The two teams traded points early in the game and neither team was able to pull away until the Tigers strung together an 8-0 run that put the home team in front 15-10 with just over 14 minutes left in the first half.
Dallas managed to tie the game 19-19 a few minutes later, but Trinity never fell behind the rest of the way. The Tigers answered the spurt by the Crusaders by allowing just two more points over the final 10:54 of the first period, taking a 34-21 lead into the locker room.
Trinity pushed the lead to 20 points early in the second half, and the Tigers jumped ahead by as many as 24 points at the midway point of the period.
Dallas finally made a dent in the Tiger lead late in the game, using a 15-2 run to make it a 63-52 game with 5:29 remaining.
The Trinity defense buckled down after that and didn't allow a field goal the rest of the way. Dallas managed three more points on free throws, but was unable to complete the comeback as the Tigers forced eight missed shots and five turnovers during that final stretch.
Trinity improves to 6-19 on the season overall, while Dallas falls to 9-16 with the loss. Both teams stand 6-10 in conference play, though Dallas edges out Trinity in the tiebreakers.
Danny Rivara came off the bench to hit 9-14 from the field and score a game-best 22 points in just 21 minutes of work, collecting a team-best six rebounds to go with two blocks and two steals.
Aaron Knopp chipped in with with eight points and five rebounds, hitting 4-5 from the field.
Trinity's defense carried the day, holding Dallas under 30% shooting in the game and allowed just 7-32 shooting (21.9%) from three-point range.
The Tigers will head to Seguin, Texas, for the SCAC Tournament next weekend in Seguin. The sixth-seeded Tigers will play the #3 seed in the quarterfinals round on Friday.