San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team concluded its Leslie Robinson Memorial Classic with a hard-fought 86-80 decision over George Fox (OR) University on Sunday.
The game went back and forth throughout, as both teams alternated strong runs, but neither team could put the other away for good.
George Fox struck first with a 17-9 spurt to start the game, thanks to strong shooting from beyond the arc.
Trailing 24-29 with 5:43 remaining in the first period, Trinity scored 17 of the next 19 points - including 14 unanswered at one point - to take a 41-31 lead with less than 90 seconds until the half.
The Bruins refused to go quietly, though, scoring nine straight points to make it a 41-40 Tiger lead at the intermission.
After a brief run by Trinity to start the second half, George Fox took the lead less than five minutes into the period, and then pushed the advantage to double figures at 73-63 with just 8:15 to go.
Now it was the Tigers who wouldn't give up, blitzing the Bruins for another 14-0 run to take a 77-73 lead. George Fox tied the game a little more than a minute later, but Trinity never trailed again, and finished with a 9-3 run to close out the win.
Jayden Holden hit 4-4 at the foul line in the final 29 seconds to seal the victory, and scored eight of the final nine Tiger points.
The Tigers won both games of the Leslie Robinson Memorial Classic, and upped their record to 4-5. George Fox dropped to 4-6 after the loss.
The 86 points scored by the Tigers was the second-highest total this season, behind Trinity's 89-80 victory over Berry (GA) College on Saturday.
Danny Rivara posted his fourth double-double of the campaign, posting game-highs with 23 points and 13 rebounds - also a team season-best mark on the boards.
Jayden Holden came off the bench with 21 points in 23 minutes, hitting a perfect 12-12 from the foul line, and connecting on 4-6 from the field. His 12-12 performance at the line is tied for the third-best in school history for a single game.
Matt Jones handed out a game-best eight assists, as well as adding nine points on 7-11 at the foul line. Jones was 16-16 from the free throw line in last night's game, which is the second-best mark in school history.
Jones was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player, and was joined by Rivara and Holden on the All-Tournament Team.
Nik Oakes was a key player in today's win, connecting on 4-7 three-point buckets, hitting 5-8 overall from the field, and finishing with 16 points.
Trinity shot 49% from the field, and led the Bruins 37-22 in total rebounds. Trinity's bench was again effective, leading the opponent 43-33. At the charity stripe, the Tigers sank 31-40 attempts. The Tigers were also able to overcome 42.9% (15-35) shooting from beyond the arc by George Fox.
The Tigers return to action Saturday, December 31, by hosting Howard Payne (TX) University at 3:00 p.m.