Spokane, Washington – Trinity's men's basketball team lost a 73-96 game at Whitworth (WA) University to close out the opening weekend of the 2019-20 season on Saturday night.
The Tigers took an early 5-4 lead in the game, but Whitworth used a 19-5 run to take control of the game with 11:03 left in the first half. Trinity got within 12 points a couple of minutes later, but eight unanswered points by Whitworth took the lead back to 20 with 8:27 remaining.
The Pirates also used a 15-3 run that pushed the lead to 19 points (54-25) late in the half, and the home team took a 54-31 advantage into the halftime locker room.
Trinity was unable to make a dent in the lead in the second half, with 23 points being the closest margin of the second half.
Trinity begins the season with an 0-2 record, while Whitworth starts its year with a 2-0 mark.
David Nickell reached double figures for the second straight night, tying for the team lead with 11 points against the Pirates. He shot 5-10 from the field and also tied for the team lead with five rebounds.
Luke Stuart hit 3-4 three-pointers on his way to a career-high 11 points, reaching that figure in just 13 minutes off the bench.
Jalen White was the only other Trinity player in double figures, scoring 10 points on 3-6 field goals and 4-5 at the foul line.
Ben Hanley chipped in with nine points and a pair of assists for Trinity.
The Tigers will head to Austin, Texas, for an exhibition game against St. Edward's (TX) University on Thursday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m.