Spokane, Washington – The Tiger men's basketball team opened up the 2019-20 season with a 99-93 loss to George Fox (OR) University on Friday night (PHOTO COURTESY OF WILL ECKLEY).
Trinity shot better than 50% from the field in the first half, taking a 46-45 lead going into the locker room at the break.
The Tigers shot just under 45% for the game and only 6-29 (20.7%) from the three-point line. Trinity did connect on 11-15 (73.3%) at the free throw line, but George Fox scored one-third of their points at the charity stripe. The Bruins hit 33-40 (82.5%) from the line overall, including 23-27 in the second half alone.
Trinity held a five-point lead early in the first half of action, while George Fox inched ahead for the same margin with just over five minutes left in the period.
The Tigers hit a three-pointer early in the second half to push their lead to six points at 49-43, but George Fox answered with an 8-0 run that put the Bruins in the lead.
George Fox broke a 60-60 tie with six unanswered points to pull in front for good. Trinity closed to a 71-73 deficit with just under seven minutes left, but got no closer down the stretch.
The Tigers were down just two (84-86) after hitting a layup with 2:20 remaining, but George Fox scored the next seven points to turn away Trinity's comeback attempt.
The Tigers fall to 0-1 to open the year, while George Fox began the season with a win for a 1-0 record.
Jordan Lippman led Trinity with a career-high 19 points on 8-10 shooting. He also hit both of his three-point field goal attempts and was 1-2 at the foul line.
David Nickell tied his career-best with 13 points and set a new career-high with nine rebounds, hitting 6-9 from the field.
John-Anthony Di Tullio finished the game with six points, five rebounds, three assists, and a team-leading three steals.
Trinity will take on tournament host Whitworth (WA) University, on Saturday, November 9, at 8:00 p.m. (PT).