Belton, Texas – Trinity's men's basketball team fell just short in a 70-72 loss at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) on Saturday night.
The Tigers rallied from an eight-point deficit late in the game, but a potential game-winning shot in the final seconds bounced off the rim.
Trinity actually led for most of the game, using a 7-0 run to take a 15-9 lead in the opening moments of the first period. The lead went as high as seven points before UMHB came back and tied things up 25-25 with just under nine minutes left in the half.
The Tigers never fell behind though, scoring eight of the next 10 points to take back the momentum of the game. The Crusaders mounted another scoring run late in the half to tie the game up again at 37-37, but Trinity hit the final shot of the period to take a 39-37 halftime lead.
Trinity slowly built a six-point lead midway through the final period, but Mary Hardin-Baylor had another comeback left in them. The Crusaders stormed into the lead with a 14-0 run over the next three-plus minutes, taking a 65-57 lead with 7:29 to play.
The lead was still eight heading into the final four minutes when the Tigers made their final push with eight unanswered points to take a 70-69 lead with just 1:52 remaining. The Crusaders hit a pair of free throws to regain the lead seconds later, then Trinity missed a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:22 to play.
Mary Hardin-Baylor was fouled with just under a minute left, hitting 1-2 at the line to take the 72-70 lead. Trinity turned the ball over on its next possession and then fouled with 25 seconds left. The Crusaders missed both free throws, though, setting up the final shot by the Tigers.
Trinity falls to 1-4 this season with the loss, while Mary Hardin-Baylor improves to 5-1 overall and 10-5 in the series against the Tigers.
Trinity's last win in the series with the Crusaders came in 2017-18, but that was the only victory in the last eight meetings between the two schools.
Carter Laramore hit 7-12 from the field on his way to a game-high 19 points. Laramore connected on 2-4 three-point attempts and 3-4 foul shots to establish a new career-high scoring total. He also had a team-leading nine rebounds to go with a pair of steals.
Clark scored 11 points and led Trinity with five assists, as well as pulling in five rebounds.
The Tigers held the Crusaders to just 40% shooting in the game, including 5-21 (23.8%) from three-point range.
Trinity will play an exhibition game at the University of the Incarnate Word (TX) on Saturday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. The Tigers return home on December 16-17 to host the Leslie Robinson Invitational, facing off against Sul Ross State (TX) University and Washington & Lee (VA) University.