San Antonio – The Tiger men's basketball team earned a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend split by defeating Centenary (LA) College 81-60 on Saturday afternoon.
After Trinity scored the opening points of the game on a pair of free throws, Centenary took the lead with a three-pointer on its next possession. That wound up being the last time the Tigers trailed as the home team put together a 16-3 run that put Trinity in front 18-6 with just under 12 minutes left in the first half. Trinity continued to pour it on in the first half of play, building a 49-26 lead by the halftime break.
The Tigers scored the first six points of the second half to push the advantage out even farther, then made it a 64-32 lead with 13:37 remaining. The Gents were able to whittle the lead down to 16 points just over 10 minutes later, but Trinity scored nine of the next 11 points to end the rally and seal the win.
Trinity's defense held Centenary to 33.3% (24-72) shooting overall and 20.0% (6-30) shooting from three-point range. The offense was even better, hitting 46.9% (30-64) overall and a red-hot 47.8% (11-23) from distance.
Trinity evened its SCAC record to 2-2 this season, and the Tigers now stand 4-7 overall on the year. Centenary fell to 7-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
The Tigers have now won four consecutive meetings against the Gents, improving the team's record to 10-9 in the series. Last season, all three games between these two teams were decided by five points or less. The 21-point margin of victory matches the largest ever between the two schools, equaling Trinity's 21-point home win in 2013-14.
Jordan Lippman led five Trinity players in double figures, scoring 15 points on 6-11 shooting. He also added three rebounds and a pair of steals.
Ben Hanley recorded his first career double-double, tallying 14 points to go with a career-high 12 rebounds. He also dished out five assists and connected on 5-6 free throw attempts.
AJ Clark also had his first career double-double, leading all players with a career-best 13 rebounds and six assists, and adding 13 points on 5-10 shooting. Clark also led the Tigers with three steals and two blocks in the game.
Stephen Molina came off the bench with 12 points on 4-8 shooting beyond the arc, as well as picking up a pair of rebounds and two assists.
Jack Williams rounded out Trinity's double-figure scorers by finishing with 10 points to go with his seven rebounds.
Trinity will open up a road weekend in conference play with a game at the University of Dallas (TX) on Friday, January 10, at 5:30 p.m.