San Antonio – Trinity finished off its road trip to Oregon with a 92-85 loss to George Fox (OR) University on Saturday night.
The game was tight for most of the first half, as neither team led by more than seven points the entire way. George Fox was in control early with a 9-4 advantage, but Trinity rallied shortly after and took its first lead with 11:16 left before the half.
The Tigers built the lead to seven (33-26) later in the period, but this time it was the Bruins who rallied and the teams were tied 40-40 by intermission.
The back-and-forth affair continued in the second half until George Fox rattled off a 10-2 run to take a 69-60 lead at the midway point of the period.
Trinity fought back to make it a one-possession game just two minutes later, but never got any closer the rest of the way.
George Fox missed four straight shots late in the game to set up one last comeback attempt by the Tigers, but the Bruins answered five straight Trinity points with a back-breaking three to make it an 87-78 lead with just 90 seconds left.
The Bruins also hit 5-6 from the foul line in the final 42 seconds to finish off the victory.
The Tigers fall to 6-5 on the season after dropping their third game in the last four outings, while George Fox is now 5-6 on the year.
Isaiah Specks came off the bench to score a team-best 19 points on 7-9 shooting from the field. It marks the most points he has scored in a game this year, as well as being his sixth double-digit game of the season.
Danny Rivara posted a solid double-double with 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Though he shot 5-12 from the floor, he was 8-10 from the line, and also added two steals and two blocks.
Matt Jones finished with 12 points on 5-10 shooting, as well as dishing out a team-leading four assists to go with six boards.
Trinity lost despite shooting 56.6% (30-53) from the field in the game, which is the second-best shooting performance so far this season. George Fox was aided by 14-35 (40%) shooting from three-point range, while the Tigers connected on just four three-point baskets.
The Tiger team returns home next weekend to open up the New Year with its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference openers against the University of Dallas (TX) and Colorado College on Friday and Saturday.