Irving, Texas – Trinity's men's basketball team opened up a weekend road trip in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a 76-82 overtime loss to the University of Dallas (TX) on Friday night.
The Tigers broke an early 5-5 tie with seven unanswered points to take the early advantage, but Dallas rallied by scoring 11 of the next 12 points to take a slim 16-13 lead with more than 11 minutes remaining in the half. The two teams traded leads the rest of the way, and the Crusaders took a slim 32-31 lead into the locker room.
Dallas played with the lead for most of the second half, pushing their way to a 52-42 lead with just under 13 minutes left in regulation. Trinity finally tied things up 54-54 with 7:01 to play, and both teams once again finished the half trading the lead.
In the final minutes, Dallas hit back-to-back shots to take a 67-63 lead, but the Tigers scored five straight to take a one-point lead with 48 seconds to go. Dallas missed its next shot, but a Trinity turnover put the ball back in the hands of the home team. The Tigers then put the Crusaders on the foul line with 16 seconds left, but Dallas made just one free throw to keep the game tied. Trinity missed the potential game-winner in the final seconds and the teams were headed to overtime.
After Trinity went up by three early in the extra period, Dallas took the lead for good with a three-pointer at the 2:41 mark. The Tigers scored just under a minute later to pull within one at 76-77, but Dallas made its next shot with 47 seconds to play. The Crusaders also hit 3-4 at the foul line in the final seconds to seal the victory.
Trinity fell to 4-8 overall and 2-3 in SCAC play with the loss, while Dallas is 7-5 overall and 3-2 in conference.
The Tigers have los six consecutive road games against the Crusaders, though Trinity still holds a commanding 32-10 record in the series. The two teams have split the regular season series each of the last three years.
Jordan Lippman scored 16 points on 7-14 shooting to lead three Trinity players in double figure scoring on the night.
Ben Hanley added 15 points to go with six rebounds and a team-leading four assists. He also picked up a career-high three steals.
The Tigers will return to action tomorrow afternoon in Sherman, Texas, facing Austin (TX) College at 4:00 p.m.