Chicago, Illinois – The Tiger men's basketball team finished off its first road weekend of the season with a 79-67 defeat at the hands of tournament host University of Chicago at the Midway Classic.
Both teams were shooting 25% from the field and struggled to score early in the game, but Chicago led 16-6 as four of its first five field goals were three-point baskets.
The Tigers got a pair of buckets to cut the lead to six, but the Maroons answered with eight straight points that included two more from the outside to make it a 24-10 lead with 7:18 left in the first half.
Trinity whittled the lead down to single digits late in the first period and scored six of the final eight points to make it a 35-27 game at the break.
Chicago was held to just 23.3% (10-43) shooting that included 7-28 (25%) from three-point range in the first half, but the Maroons held a decisive 20-2 offensive rebounding margin that led to an 18-2 advantage on second-chance points.
Trinity opened the second period with a three-pointer to cut the lead down to five, but that would be as close as the Tigers would get the rest of the way.
Chicago turned a narrow 42-36 lead into an 18-point advantage with 12 unanswered points over the first several minutes of the half.
Trinity held Chicago to just 31.3% shooting in the game, but the Maroons hit 16 total three-pointers and 23 free throws to stay well in front. Chicago also finished with a 53-34 edge in rebounding.
Trinity falls to 1-2 on the season after the loss, splitting its games at the Midway Classic this weekend. Chicago improves to 2-0 after the victory.
Jayden Holden led the Tigers with 19 points on 6-11 shooting and was also 6-7 from the free throw line. It was the third-best single-game performance of his career in terms of points scored.
Danny Rivara was the only other Trinity player to reach double figures, finishing with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Matt Jones finished the game with eight points and four rebounds for the Tigers, and with just one assist in the game, he remains three assists short of tying Mark Murphy (1985-89) for second in career assists at Trinity. Jones is 24 assists from breaking the school's all-time record.
Trinity will be back at home on Tuesday, November 21, hosting Howard Payne (TX) University at 7:00 p.m.