San Antonio - The Trinity men's basketball team earned an 81-66 win over Springfield (MA) College to wrap up their second annual Leslie Robinson Invitational on Saturday evening.
The first half of the contest proved to be a tough one as both teams battled to try and earn the advantage. Springfield took the largest lead of the half with just over 5 minutes left to play, but Trinity continued to fight despite the seven point deficit.
The Tiger offense sprung into action and scored 14 of the last 15 points of the first period to put them ahead 38-32 at halftime. Matt Jones exploded with 17 of those points to fuel a Tiger offense that shot just over 58% (14-24) in first half.
Trinity took possession of the ball coming out of the locker room after halftime and never looked back. The home team continued their strong offensive performance and grew their lead by as much as 13 points early in the second half, but Springfield never gave up and brought the game to within three points with just over four minutes remaining.
Not to be outdone, the Tigers responded with a 14-2 run of their own to put the game well out of reach and wrap up the victory.
Trinity won for the fifth time in the last six games to improve to 6-3 on the season, while Springfield College dropped to 4-5.
The game was a matchup between current head coach Pat Cunningham and former Trinity head coach Charlie Brock. Coach Brock led the Tiger men's team for nine seasons (1989-98) before leaving for his current posting at Springfield.
Coach Brock is third in career wins at Trinity with 113 in his career with the Tigers. Coach Cunningham is the program's all-time lead with more than 300 victories in his 18-plus seasons at Trinity (1999-present).
Danny Rivara led the team in scoring with 18 points and 6 rebounds, connecting on 7-15 from the field and 4-5 from the foul line.
Jayden Holden also pitched in 16 points and 10 rebounds of his own to earn his first double-double of the season. Holden was a perfect 5-5 from the floor and 5-5 from the charity stripe as well.
Jones didn't score in the second half, but finished with nine rebounds and four assists to go with his 17 points scored. Jones connected on 5-8 from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line, hitting all three of his attempts from distance.
Trinity will take a brief break before hitting the road to take on Willamette (OR) University on Friday, December 29th, at 7:00 p.m. PST.