San Antonio – Trinity's men's basketball team rallied for a 92-90 overtime win over Sul Ross State (TX) University in the opening game of the 2019 Leslie Robinson Classic on Monday evening.
Jordan Lippman hit a game-tying three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in regulation to send the Tigers to overtime, then Jack Williams hit the game-winning bucket with 3.4 seconds remaining in the overtime period.
Trinity was down by as many as 12 points in the second half and trailed 68-75 with 3:37 to play, but the Tigers were able to storm back to tie the game.
Trailing 77-79 in the final minute of regulation, Lippman had his potential game-tying jump shot blocked, and the Tigers were forced to foul with 24.4 seconds left. Sul Ross made just 1-2 at the free throw line, setting up Lippman's three-pointer to force overtime.
In overtime, Trinity scored seven of the first nine points to take an 87-82 lead with a little over three minutes left in the game. Sul Ross scored four unanswered to get within one point at the 1:36 mark, but the Tigers answered with a basket to go back up by three heading into the final minute.
Sul Ross drove to the rim on the ensuing possession, getting a layup and a foul with 40.3 seconds to play. The Lobos converted the three-point play to tie the game at 89-89.
Williams then made a similar move to the basket on the other end of the floor, making 1-2 at the line to put Trinity in front by one point. Sul Ross then got another foul on a drive to the basket, but also made just 1-2 free throws with 18 seconds remaining.
Trinity walked the ball up and tried to get another shot for Lippman, but he was forced to give it up to Williams. Williams turned just inside the free throw line and knocked down the game-winner. Sul Ross tried to get off a final shot, but the desperation three fell short.
Less than four minutes into the game, Trinity was down by eight points after Sul Ross opened the afternoon with a 14-6 run. The Tigers came back to tie the game a few minutes later, but could never get in front of the Lobos.
Sul Ross pushed the lead back to 11 in the final minute of the first half, but Trinity scored five points in the final 38 seconds of the period to make it a 44-38 game at the break.
The Tigers took the lead for the first time with 17:56 left in the game, pulling ahead 49-47 on a three-pointer by Lippman. The lead didn't last long as Sul Ross scored seven unanswered points to reclaim control.
Minutes later, the Lobos pieced together a 13-2 run that made it a 67-55 lead with 10:53 to play. Three minutes later, the lead was still 12 points when the Tigers made their move. Trinity went on a 15-3 run of its own to tie the game 75-75 with 2:02 left, setting up the late-game heroics.
Trinity improves to 2-4 this season with the win, which also snapped a three-game winning streak for Sul Ross. The Lobos fell to 3-3 on the year after the loss.
The Tigers and Lobos have alternated wins in the series, with Trinity leading with a 3-2 record after tonight's victory. Last season, Sul Ross defeated Trinity 82-72.
Jordan Lippman's double-double led the way for the Tigers, finishing with a career-high in points and rebounds. He had 33 points and 13 boards to go with three blocks and a pair of assists in the game, hitting 12-21 from the field and 5-7 from three-point range.
AJ Clark also turned in a career night for Trinity, scoring a career-best 25 points and dishing out a career-high eight assists. He was also just one rebound shy of his career-high, finishing with six boards in tonight's win.
Ben Hanley also had a solid outing with 11 points, five rebounds, and six assists, hitting 5-11 from the field.
The Tigers will finish off their part in the tournament by hosting Washington & Lee (VA) University at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow.