San Antonio – Trinity's men's basketball team opened up its 2019-20 home schedule with a 90-78 victory over Howard Payne (TX) University on Monday night.
The Tigers scored the first five points of the game and jumped out to a 10-2 lead after just over three minutes. After chipping away at the lead for several minutes, Howard Payne used a 7-0 run to take a 17-14 lead with 13:34 left in the first period.
Trinity answered with a run of its own, scoring 11 of the next 14 points to pull in front 25-20 at the halfway point of the period. The Yellow Jackets closed to within one minutes later, but the Tigers never gave up the lead the rest of the game. Trinity pushed the lead to double digits with less than five minutes left before the half, then extended that to a 48-35 advantage at the break.
The lead was still double digits early in the second half when Howard Payne used a 10-2 run that brought it to a one-possession game at 55-57. The teams traded buckets for several possessions, but Trinity made a run of its own to reclaim momentum in the game. The Tigers scored 12 of 14 points over a stretch of three minutes that pushed the lead back to 73-61 with just over nine minutes left.
Howard Payne got no closer than seven points the rest of the way, and the Tigers fought off any attempt at a comeback.
Trinity got its first win of the season in tonight's game, improving to 1-3 overall. Howard Payne dropped to 1-3 this year with the loss.
The Tigers are now 10-2 in the series against the Yellow Jackets (since 1991-92), which includes a 6-1 mark in San Antonio.
Jordan Lippman turned in a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds to go with three steals. He knocked down 7-17 from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line.
Stephen Molina led four Trinity players who scored in double figures, finishing with a career-high 21 points on 7-15 shooting. He hit 3-8 from three-point range and 4-4 from the foul line, as well as adding three rebounds and a team-leading four steals.
Jack Williams and Ben Hanley combined to score 25 points for the Tigers, hitting 11-14 from the floor on the night. Williams had 14 points and six rebounds, connecting on seven of his eight shots and dishing out three assists. Hanley was 4-6 shooting that included 2-2 from distance and 2-2 at the foul line.
Trinity forced 21 turnovers and recorded 13 steals in the game, holding Howard Payne to 40% (24-6) shooting in the game. The Tigers finished the game just shy of 49% shooting on the night.
The Tigers will travel to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) for a game on Saturday, November 30, at 5:00 p.m.