San Antonio, Texas - December 16, 2017 - The Springfield College men's basketball team dropped an 81-66 decision to host Trinity University in the Leslie Robinson Memorial Classic on Saturday.
The loss dropped Springfield below .500 for the first time this season as the Pride now stand at 4-5, while the Tigers improved to 6-3.
Playing in its second of two games in Texas, today's contest was a homecoming of sorts for head coach Charlie Brock, who coached at Trinity for from 1989-1998, and led the Tigers to 113 victories in his tenure.
Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) scored a game-high 21 points and handed out a career-best seven assists in the loss, while Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) netted 17 points and pulled down six boards. Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.) chipped in 12 points and classmate Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) was responsible for nine points and team-best seven rebounds.
Springfield finished the contest going 23-for-54 from the field, shoooting 42.6%, including a 13-for-25 (52%) showing in the final 20 minutes of play. The Pride was outrebounded in the game, 38-26, with the Tigers producing 17 second-chance points on 12 offensive boards.
After falling behind 8-3 in the opening minutes of the contest, Springfield used a 14-4 run capped off by a triple by Post to take a 17-12 edge with 10:43 on the clock. The visitors lead grew to 31-24 as an 8-1 push fueled by five points from Post allowed the Pride to earn its largest lead of the game with 5:26 remaining in the half. However, the Tigers responded with a 14-1 run to close out the half, as Springfield missed its final seven shots from the field to trail 38-32 heading into the locker room.
The Tigers scored 11 of the first 15 points of the second half to extend their lead to 13 just 3:32 into the stanza. Just 2:17 later, the Pride was within four thanks to a an 11-2 spurt that featured seven points from McNulty. The hosts lead would grow back to double digits, a 60-49 cushion with 12:09 on the clock, but the visitors made one final push, making it a 70-66 game with 3:38 left in regulation following a bucket from Post. That would be the last time Springfield would score in the game as Trinity closed out the contest on an 11-0 surge to run away with an 81-66 decision.
Springfield will return to play when it hosts the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic on January 30 versus Thomas at 5:30 in Blake Arena.