San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team was edged 70-67 by Schreiner (TX) University in Saturday night's regular season finale, and point guard Matt Jones broke the school's single season assists record for the second straight year.
Neither team led by more than three points for most of the first half, but a 14-3 run gave the Tigers a 28-18 lead with 5:46 remaining in the period. Schreiner immediately responded with a run of its own to claw back to within one (30-29) just two minutes later.
After that, the teams combined to score just nine total points over the final 3:46 of the opening half, and Schreiner knocked down a three-pointer in the final minute to tie the game 34-34 at the break.
Trinity opened up a four-point lead (41-37) early in the second half, but an 8-0 run by Schreiner put the visitors back in front with just under 16 minutes left in the game. The Mountaineers never trailed again, though the Tigers did tie the game in the final minutes.
Two quick buckets by Trinity knotted the game up 62-62, but Schreiner answered quickly with a three-pointer and two free throws to go back up by five with 2:06 to play.
Schreiner made just 3-6 from the foul line in the final two minutes, allowing the Tigers to stay in the game, but Trinity would get no closer than three points the rest of the way.
The Tigers completed the regular-season campaign with a 12-13 overall record, and a 7-7 conference mark. Schreiner leads the SCAC with its 11-3 league record, and stands at 14-11 overall.
Matt Jones dished out 10 assists to break his own Tiger record for assists in a single season. The 10 assists ties a season-high, and he also added 11 points for a double-double.
Jayden Holden led the game with an 18-point performance, shooting 6-9 from the field, 2-2 beyond the arc, and sinking 4-4 at the charity stripe. Holden also grabbed five rebounds.
Danny Rivara and Nik Oakes led the team with six rebounds each, while senior Josh Ingram scored eight points in his first start of the season. Ingram, who was honored prior to the matchup, shot 3-5 from the field and hit 2-3 three-pointers. Senior A.J. Pulliam also was recognized in a pre-game ceremony.
The fifth-seeded Tigers will compete in the SCAC Championship February 24-26, at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.