Belton, Texas – The Tiger men's basketball team celebrated its Thanksgiving Weekend with a 74-66 road win over the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday.
Mary Hardin-Baylor sprinted to a 13-4 lead less than five minutes into the game, beginning with seven unanswered points at the start.
The Tigers fought back to take the lead several minutes later, as a three-pointer from Stephen Molina made it 20-18 Trinity with just over eight minutes until the half.
Though Mary Hardin-Baylor tied the game on its next possession, Trinity didn't trail again in the first period. The Tigers were held to just two points in the final 4:05 of the first half, but Trinity still led 34-31 as UMHB scored six of the final eight points before intermission.
In the second half, Trinity doubled the lead to six points, but Mary Hardin-Baylor stormed back to take the lead 47-45 with just under 12 minutes remaining.
Facing a 55-52 deficit with 8:12 to play, the Tigers took control of the game with 12 straight points to take a nine-point advantage.
UMHB got to within five (64-59) with 2:19 to go, but Trinity hit a three-pointer and 7-8 free throws in the final two minutes to hold on for the victory.
Both teams shot under 40% for the game, but while Trinity was 9-28 from beyond the arc, the Crusaders were held to just 8.7% (2-23) shooting from three-point range.
Trinity improves its season record to 3-2, while the Tigers handed UMHB (3-1) its first loss of the season.
Isaiah Specks came off the bench with 12 points on 4-8 shooting, hitting 2-4 from three-point range, and going 2-2 at the foul line. All 12 of his points came in the second half.
Trinity returns home on Tuesday, November 28, hosting Sul Ross State (TX) University at 7:00 p.m.