Colorado Springs, Colorado – The Tiger men's basketball team salvaged a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend split with a 70-65 win over Colorado College on Sunday.
Both teams started slowly with the two teams scoring just nine total points over the first four minutes of action. Trinity came to life shortly after with 10 unanswered points to take a 14-7 lead with less than 12 minutes left in the half.
Colorado fought its way back and took the lead with more than seven minutes to play in the first half, then began to pull away with a 27-22 lead with 3:51 remaining.
Trinity scored nine of the final 12 points in the half to take a 31-30 halftime lead, holding Colorado to just one field goal down the stretch.
The second half began with Colorado scoring four of the first five points to take a 34-32 lead, but Matt Jones answered with a go-ahead three-pointer on the next Trinity possession. Colorado did tie the game twice more, but could not get back in the lead the rest of the way.
Trinity could not pull ahead by more than five points until the final seconds, though, as Colorado kept it close the whole game.
Colorado clawed within three points at 63-60 as the clock ticked under two minutes, and Trinity hit just 1-2 from the free throw line to keep it close heading into the final minute.
Colorado drew a foul with just 58 seconds left and a 64-60 deficit, but also missed one of its foul shots and Trinity still led by three.
Trailing by five in the final seconds, Colorado missed a pair of three-pointers, and Jayden Holden went 6-6 at the line over the final minute to help Trinity seal the road win.
Neither team shot well from the outside, as the two teams combined for just 7-33 from three-point range. Colorado was held to 4-19 (21.1%) shooting from beyond the arc.
Trinity improves its record to 13-10 this season and stands third in the SCAC standings with a 7-5 conference mark. Colorado falls to 11-13, 6-7 SCAC and is in a three-way tie for fifth place in the SCAC.
Isaiah Specks came off the bench to lead four Tiger players in doubles figures with 19 points in 30 minutes of action. Specks hit 8-13 from the field and also had five rebounds and two assists.
Jayden Holden hit 9-10 free throws on his way to 18 points, as well as collecting five rebounds to tie Specks and two others for the team lead.
Danny Rivara was limited to just 23 minutes because of foul trouble, but still managed 12 points on 6-9 shooting.
Trinity will begin its final week of the regular season with a road game against first-place Schreiner (TX) University on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.