Tiger Men's Basketball Falls to George Fox in Season Opener

Tiger Men's Basketball Falls to George Fox in Season Opener

Spokane, Washington – The Tiger men's basketball team opened up the 2019-20 season with a 99-93 loss to George Fox (OR) University on Friday night (PHOTO COURTESY OF WILL ECKLEY).



Trinity shot better than 50% from the field in the first half, taking a 46-45 lead going into the locker room at the break.

The Tigers shot just under 45% for the game and only 6-29 (20.7%) from the three-point line. Trinity did connect on 11-15 (73.3%) at the free throw line, but George Fox scored one-third of their points at the charity stripe. The Bruins hit 33-40 (82.5%) from the line overall, including 23-27 in the second half alone.

Trinity held a five-point lead early in the first half of action, while George Fox inched ahead for the same margin with just over five minutes left in the period.

The Tigers hit a three-pointer early in the second half to push their lead to six points at 49-43, but George Fox answered with an 8-0 run that put the Bruins in the lead.

George Fox broke a 60-60 tie with six unanswered points to pull in front for good. Trinity closed to a 71-73 deficit with just under seven minutes left, but got no closer down the stretch.

The Tigers were down just two (84-86) after hitting a layup with 2:20 remaining, but George Fox scored the next seven points to turn away Trinity's comeback attempt.



The Tigers fall to 0-1 to open the year, while George Fox began the season with a win for a 1-0 record.

Jordan Lippman led Trinity with a career-high 19 points on 8-10 shooting. He also hit both of his three-point field goal attempts and was 1-2 at the foul line.

David Nickell tied his career-best with 13 points and set a new career-high with nine rebounds, hitting 6-9 from the field.

Ben Hanley and Stephen Molina chipped in with 11 points and three assists each, while Hanley also tied his career-high with seven rebounds.

AJ Clark led the Tigers with four assists, adding three rebounds and nine points. Jack Williams also finished with nine points on 4-9 shooting, as well as pulling down six rebounds.

John-Anthony Di Tullio finished the game with six points, five rebounds, three assists, and a team-leading three steals.



Trinity will take on tournament host Whitworth (WA) University, on Saturday, November 9, at 8:00 p.m. (PT).