Sherman, Texas - Trinity's men's basketball team began a three-game road trip with a 56-44 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Austin College on Friday night.
The Tigers improved to 4-1 in SCAC play with the win, which is the second in as many tries at Austin College this season. Trinity earned an 84-66 win over the 'Roos on December 1.
Trinity held a 23-20 halftime lead after both teams scored just eight field goals and no better than 33%. The Tigers hit just 24.2% from the field, but four three-point baskets helped the team to the lead.
After an initial basket by Austin to start the second half, Trinity rattled off a 20-2 run that put the visiting Tigers ahead 43-24 with 8:37 to play. Austin never got closer than 11 points after that, as Trinity cruised to the win.
Zach Lambert and Robert Kitzinger were Trinity's only players to reach double figures in scoring, combining for 24 of the team's 56 points. Lambert led the way with 14 points overall, scoring 3-7 from three-point range, and leading the team with four steals. Kitzinger scored 10 points to go with a team-best seven rebounds and three assists.
Matt Hopper and Joe Shotland chipped in with eight points each, while Heath Hopson finished with six points and three boards. Jonathan Wilt led the game with six blocked shots for the Tigers.
None of Austin College's players reached double digits, with Jimmy King leading the team with nine points scored.
Trinity continues SCAC play tomorrow night at Centenary College, and finishes its road trip with a Monday night game at the University of Texas-Dallas.