(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
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.
- 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
- CooXooEii Black: 10 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks
- John Hatch: 10 points, 2 rebounds
- Eric Houska: 11 points, 4 assists
- 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.
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.