Georgetown, Texas – The Tiger men's basketball team rallied in the final minutes for a 79-73 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road win at Southwestern (TX) University on Monday evening.
Trinity rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half and trailed 61-69 with just over five minutes remaining in the game. The Tigers rattled off nine unanswered points to take a one-point lead with 3:36 to play, giving Trinity its first lead since the opening minute of the game.
After Southwestern scored to pull in front briefly on its next possession, the Tigers took the lead for good at 74-71 on Carter Laramore's jumper. The Pirates closed to within one with another basket, but Trinity's defense held Southwestern to 0-5 shooting in the final 1:46 of the game. The Tigers made 3-4 at the line in the final 16 seconds to seal the win.
Southwestern was in control early with a 10-4 run to start off the opening period, but Trinity was down just two points (10-12) at the 14:41 mark. The Tigers missed their next five shots, though, going scoreless for more than three minutes to allow the Pirates to pull in front by nine.
Trinity scored just seven points over the final 7:07 of the first half, while Southwestern poured in 15 points to build a 13-point halftime lead.
The teams traded baskets early in the second half, but Southwestern led 52-37 with just over 14 minutes left. That's when the Tigers made their move by scoring 14 of the next 17 points to make it a 51-55 game with 10:58 remaining.
The Pirates looked to regain control of the game and had the lead back to double figures with 7:14 left and still led by eight points two minutes later. That set up Trinity's comeback in the final five minutes of action.
The Tigers earn a split for the road weekend, improving to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in SCAC action. Southwestern falls to 7-4 overall and suffered its first conference loss to fall to 3-1 in league play.
Trinity snapped a two-game losing streak in the series with Southwestern, as the Pirates swept the regular season series from the Tigers last year.
After tying his career-high in scoring last night, David Nickell breaks his personal record with a team-leading 15 points in tonight's win. Nickell led six Tiger players in double figures, hitting 7-12 from the field in his 24 minutes off the bench.
Jordan Lippman reached double figures for the sixth time in nine games this season, finishing with 14 points in the win over the Pirates. Lippman also led Trinity with nine rebounds and a career-high four steals.
Jack Williams was just one point shy of his career-best scoring game, chipping in with 13 points on 6-11 shooting from the floor.
Stephen Molina rounded out Trinity's double figure scorers with 10 points that included 3-5 from three-point range off the bench.
Trinity will make its home debut in conference play on Friday, January 3, hosting the University of St. Thomas (TX) at 5:30 p.m.