Sherman, Texas – The Tiger men's basketball team suffered a 72-77 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference loss on the road against Austin (TX) College on Saturday afternoon.
Trinity fell behind early in the game as Austin went on an 18-5 run that last just short of nine minutes to start the game. The Kangaroos got the lead up to 15 late in the period, but the Tigers scored 10 of 13 points over the final 4:12 to make it a 25-33 halftime deficit.
The lead was back to double digits early in the second period, but a 15-3 run put the Tigers in front 45-44 with 14:36 left in the game. Trinity went up by six just over three minutes later, but Austin rallied to tie the game 57-57 with less than seven minutes to play.
Trinity was briefly in front 60-59 after that, but the 'Roos scored 15 of the next 17 points to take control of the game down the stretch. Down 12 with 2:32 left, the Tigers made a late comeback attempt with seven straight points to make it a 69-74 game with 21 seconds remaining.
After Austin went 1-2 at the line, Stephen Molina nailed a three-pointer to make it a one-possession game at 72-75 with just 15 ticks left. Austin ended the comeback bid by hitting both of the ensuing foul shots to hold on for the win.
The Tigers dropped to 4-9 overall and 2-4 in SCAC after losing both games this weekend. Austin improved to 6-7 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
Trinity fell to 30-8 against Austin in the SCAC era (since 1991-92), which includes a 13-7 mark on the road, and a 22-6 record in conference games.
Stephen Molina led the team with 15 points scored, connecting on a team-best three three-pointers to go with four rebounds and two steals.
David Nickell was one point shy of his career-high, finishing with 14 points on 5-10 shooting and pulling down five boards.
Ben Hanley was the only other Tiger player to reach double figures, scoring 10 points along with his team-leading eight rebounds.
Trinity will continue SCAC play by returning home on Friday, January 17, facing off against Johnson & Wales (CO) University at 5:30 p.m.