Trinity Men Defeat Colorado College in SCAC Quarterfinal Action

Trinity Men Defeat Colorado College in SCAC Quarterfinal Action

(Photo courtesy of Sami Springfield, Texas Lutheran University)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. 
- Fourth-seeded Trinity University held fifth-seeded Colorado College scoreless for the final 7:19 of the first half and cruised to a 63-47 victory in Friday's first quarterfinal game of the 2018 SCAC Men's Basketball Tournament. Official Tournament Website

The Texas Tigers outscored the CC Tigers 14-0 during that run to take a 34-16 halftime lead and led by as many as 28 in the second stanza before settling for the final margin.

HOW IT HAPPENED
  • Colorado College came out hot and scored the first seven points of the game.
  • Trinity responded with a 13-5 run, took its first lead at 13-12 with 10:34 remaining and never trailed again.
  • In the decisive first half, Trinity held Colorado College to 21.4 percent (6-28) from the floor.
  • Trinity held a huge advantage in bench points, outscoring Colorado College 31-12. 
TRINITY STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
  • Danny Rivara: 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals
  • Matthew Colliflower: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals
  • Matt Jones: 4 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists
COLORADO COLLEGE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
  • CooXooEii Black: 10 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks
  • John Hatch: 10 points, 2 rebounds
  • Eric Houska: 11 points, 4 assists
NOTABLES
  • Trinity has played the host school in the quarterfinal round three straight years, but this is the Tigers' first victory after going 0-2 the previous years (Centenary in 2016 and Southwestern in 2017). 
  • Trinity will play in the semifinal round for the first time since 2014 when they won the entire tournament.
  • This is the sixth straight year the No. 4 seed has defeated the No. 5 seed in the men's tournament.
  • Trinity moves to 11-3 all-time in SCAC quarterfinal games. Colorado College is now 1-4.
  • After earning a first round bye the last two seasons, Colorado College fails to advance to the semifinal round for the first time since 2015.
  • Colorado College's loss marks the first time since 2010 the host school has lost its first game of the tournament.
  • Colorado College ends its season with a 12-14 record.
UP NEXT
Trinity (15-11) advances to take on Schreiner University tomorrow at Noon MT. Schreiner enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed with an 10-4 conferene mark (13-12 overall). This will mark the first time the two have met in SCAC tournament play.
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