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No. 18 Men's Basketball Falls to No. 11 Rochester in Tournament Championship

ACTION: Trinity #3 Ben Hanley drives around a UTSA player on his way to the paint

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The 18th-ranked Tiger men's basketball team closed out its opening weekend with a 78-63 loss in the Chuck Resler Tournament against hosting and 11th-ranked University of Rochester on Saturday night.

Trinity (1-1) reached the Tournament Championship by defeating SUNY-Fredonia 83-48 in yesterday's 2022-23 season opener. The Tigers were unable to overcome the combination of 20 turnovers and a shooting percentage under 35% for the game. Trinity also hit just 5-for-28 from three-point range, with no player hitting more than one shot beyond the arc.

Ben Hanley (Flower Mound, Texas / Flower Mound) led the Tigers with 15 points and seven rebounds on Saturday night, hitting 7-for-10 from the field in just 22 minutes of action. Tanner Brown (San Antonio, Texas / Brandeis) tied Hanley with seven rebounds to go with seven points and a team-leading four steals.

Following an exhibition game against Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on Monday, the Tigers are back to regular-season action next weekend in Georgetown, Texas. Trinity will take on Hamilton College (N.Y.) on Saturday, November 19, followed by a game against LeTourneau University on Sunday.

The Rundown

Both teams went back and forth to start the game and Kaleb Jenkins (New Orleans, La. / Metairie Park) knocked down a three-pointer just above the 15-minute mark to cut the Rochester lead to just one at 9-8. The Yellowjackets hit back-to-back three-pointers to take a seven-point lead over the next two minutes, while Trinity had two turnovers and two missed shots.

Trinity drew it back to a one-possession game just under 12, then Hanley's only three of the night cut it to two with 11:32 remaining. Rochester then scored eight of the next 10 points to pull out to a 25-17 lead with just under nine minutes left in the first period.

Griffin Levine (Dallas, Texas / Yavneh) sank a three-pointer after a steal to bring the lead back to five, but the Yellowjackets responded with nine unanswered points to take a 34-20 lead with 5:37 remaining in the half. Trinity got back to within 10 a couple of times to close out the half, but Rochester held off the Tiger rally to take a 42-30 lead into the locker room.

Trinity did manage to get the lead back to single digits with a couple of early baskets to start the second half, but an eight-point deficit was as close as it got in those opening minutes. AJ Clark (San Antonio, Texas / Johnson) completed a three-point play with a free throw just ahead of the 11-minute mark to make it a 47-56 game, but Rochester rattled off seven unanswered after that to push back in front by 16 points.

Jacob Harvey (Huffman, Texas / Hargrave) hit one from distance with 6:23 remaining in the game to claw back to within 11, but that was as close as Trinity got the rest of the game. Rochester scored nine straight points over a stretch of three-plus minutes to answer Harvey's three-ball, putting the game out of reach with under three minutes to go.

Trinity held the Yellowjackets scoreless from then on, but managed just five points themselves to account for the final score.

Numbers to Note

Clark scored nine points and had six rebounds, while Braxton Barry (Houston, Texas / Westbury Christian) came off the bench with five points and five boards in just 19 minutes. Jenkins chipped in with eight points in the game.

Chuck Resler All-Tournament

For their efforts this weekend in Rochester, Brown and Clark were both named to the weekend's all-tournament squad.

Coach Speak

"Great opportunity to compete against one of the top teams in the country," said Head Coach Jimmy Smith. "We really competed but had too many mistakes on both ends of the court to beat an experienced team like Rochester. A lot of positive to build from and saw some things that we need to clean up. Excited for more big games next week!"

Up Next

Trinity will be back on the road on Monday for an exhibition game at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi that will tip off at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers will play a pair of games next weekend in Georgetown, Texas, facing off against Hamilton College (N.Y.) and LeTourneau University on Saturday and Sunday. Both games begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be hosted by Southwestern University.