February 17, 2012

Men's Basketball Opens Road Weekend With Win Over Dallas

Irving, Texas - The Trinity men's basketball team began its final weekend of the regular season with a 74-59 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win at the University of Dallas on Friday night.

Trinity won its seventh consecutive game to improve to 16-8 this season, which includes an 11-4 record in SCAC play. 

Despite missing its first seven shots, Trinity never trailed by more than two points at any point in the game.  An 11-1 run by the Tigers late in the first half gave the visitors a 10-point advantage with just over three minutes to play, and that held until halftime (35-25). 

After both teams shot less than 40% in the first half, Trinity came out on fire in the second, pushing the lead over 20 points with a 21-6 run to open the period.  Dallas got hot late in the game with a 15-2 run, but could get no closer than 13 points the rest of the game.

Zach Lambert and Heath Hopson led all scorers with 16 points for the Tigers.  Lambert connected on 5-9 from the field (1-3 three-pointers) and 5-6 from the foul line.  Hopson came off the bench with a 5-10 shooting performance, and nailed all six free throw tries.  Lambert also led the team with eight rebounds.

William Young led the game with six assists, while Ryan Beall was just behind him with five assists for Trinity.  Matt Selling and Robert Kitzinger chipped in with eight points each, while Jonathan Wilt scored seven.  All three players pulled down four rebounds.

Tanner Bruffey led Dallas with 12 points, while Aaron Wyatt and Braeton Hightower scored 10 points each in the loss. 

The Tigers are tied atop the SCAC West Division with Austin College, who will host Trinity in the regular season finale tomorrow evening.  The winner will secure the West's top seed in the SCAC Tournament next weekend.

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