Trinity Upsets Centenary to Advance to SCAC Semifinals

Trinity Upsets Centenary to Advance to SCAC Semifinals

SEGUIN, Texas - Danny Rivara's jumper in the lane with 22 seconds remaining was the difference as sixth-seeded Trinity held off and upset third-seeded Centenary, 65-63, in Friday's quarterfinal nightcap of the 2019 SCAC Men's Basketball Tournament. Official Tournament WebsitePost-game Interview w/ Trinity

Rivara's shot gave the Tigers the lead at 63-62 and Centenary missed a three-point attempt on the return trip that was rebounded by Jordan Lippman. His two free throws gave Trinity the 65-62 lead, setting up the Gents with the ball and a chance to tie. The Tigers fouled Treylan Matthews early in the possession and the senior made his first before missing his second free throw to cut the lead to 65-63 with :07 remaining. Rivara, who rebounded the missed free throw, missed his first free throw but a lane violation gave Centenary one more shot. An attempt at the buzzer by Matthews that would have tied the game didn't fall and Trinity survived to play another day.

HOW IT HAPPENED
  • Trinity out-shot Centenary, 44.0 percent (22-50) to 34.3 percent (23-67).
  • Centenary out-rebounded Trinity, 41-35.
  • Trinity's bench outscored Centenary's, 36-19, but Centenary had more points in the paint (24-12).
  • Centenary didn't take its first lead until 7:47 mark of the second half when a three-pointer by Gavin Thomas gave the Gents a 53-52 lead.
  • Another three-pointer by Gavin, who was a perfect 3-for-3 from distance, gave Centenary its largest lead of the game at 60-56 with 3:43 remaining.
TRINITY STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
  • Danny Rivara: 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks
  • Jordan Lippman: 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Carter Laramore: 5 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
CENTENARY STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
  • Treylan Matthews: 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
  • Gavin Thomas: 11 points, 3 rebounds
  • Kile Mingo: 10 points, 8 rebounds
NOTABLE
  • Rivara's last basket of the game gave him 1,000 points for his career.
  • Tonight's matchup marked the third time the two have met in the SCAC tournament. Trinity beat Centenary, 82-70, in the championship game of the 2014 tournament and Centenary picked up a 57-55 victory in a quarterfinal game in 2016.
  • With the win, Trinity advances to the semifinal round for the second consecutive year and the 13th time in program history - the most of any team in the SCAC tournament era.
  • Trinity is the second consecutive No. 6 seed to upset the No. 3 seed in the quarterfinal round and the third No. 6 to win in the last four years.
  • Despite the seeding difference, Trinity had defeated Centenary twice during the regular season - 67-62 on Dec. 19 in Shreveport and 75-73 on Feb. 2 in San Antonio. 
  • Playing in its seventh consecutive SCAC tournament - the longest active streak on the men's side of any current program - the quarterfinal loss is just the third for the Gents.
  • Centenary ends its season with a 13-13 record.
UP NEXT
Trinity (7-19) advances to take on Texas Lutheran University tomorrow in the second men's semifinal at 7 p.m. CT. Texas Lutheran enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed with an 11-5 conference mark (16-9 overall). This will mark the second meeting between the two in SCAC tournament play - Trinity defeated Texas Lutheran, 78-65, in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 tournament.
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