San Antonio – The Tiger men's basketball team finished off its Leslie Robinson Classic with an 88-71 loss to Washington & Lee (VA) University on Tuesday afternoon.
After Washington & Lee scored the first basket of the game, Trinity scored 10 of the next 12 points to take an early 10-4 lead. The Generals responded with eight unanswered points to pull in front, and the Tigers never led again in the game.
The lead was still just two points (20-18) with 11:42 left in the first half, but Washington & Lee outscored Trinity 22-4 over the next seven minutes of the game to boost that margin to 20 points. The Tigers were able to cut into the lead a bit as the first half ended, but the Generals still led 47-32 at the break.
Washington & Lee maintained that lead by answering each of Trinity's runs in the second half, as the Tigers were unable to cut into the halftime margin. Trinity did eventually get the lead down to 14 points, but that came with 2:29 remaining and the game was out of reach.
Trinity shot just shy of 37% from the field in the game, including just 5-20 (20%) from three-point range. Washington & Lee connected on 44.2% overall and 33.3% (12-36) from distance.
The Tigers fall to 2-5 with the loss, while the Generals improve to 7-3 overall after the two wins in Texas this week.
Ben Hanley scored a career-high 21 points to lead Trinity's offensive attack, hitting 6-11 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line.
Jordan Lippman was the only other Tiger in double figures, connecting on 7-17 from the floor on his way to a 15-point afternoon. He also added a team-best 12 rebounds for his third double-double in the last four games.
AJ Clark finished the game with six points, four rebounds, and a team-leading four assists.
Trinity will begin Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action at noon on Sunday, December 29, against Texas Lutheran University.