Men's Basketball Earns Third Straight SCAC Title

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tigers clinch title with an 82-70 victory over the Centenary College Gents

by Trinity Sports Information

San Antonio - The Trinity men’s basketball team captured its third consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship with an 82-70 victory Sunday  over the Centenary College Gents in Sams Gym.

Trinity (19-9) had already secured its third straight berth in the NCAA Division III Playoffs, as Centenary is still in transition to Division III (therefore not eligible for the postseason). The pairings will be announced Monday morning, and the tournament begins later in the week. Head Coach Pat Cunningham, elected the SCAC Co-Coach of the Year on Saturday, earned his seventh conference championship at the Tigers helm.

The Tigers led 44-33 at halftime, shooting over 53 percent in the opening period. The Gents closed to eight points on several occasions in the second half of play, including a 48-56 mark with 9:36 on the clock. But Trinity pulled away late, leading by as much as 16 points (74-58) with 1:49 left in the game.

Robert Kitzinger led the Tigers with 22 points, and was selected as Tournament MVP. Kitzinger shot 7-15 from the field, sank 6-7 free throws, and pulled down eight rebounds. He also tied Rich Skeen (1990-1994) for Trinity’s all-time record in three-point field goals made (225), scoring two in today's game.

Zach Lambert added 18 points, while Jonathan Wilt had with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both players earned All-Tournament Team honors.  Matt Selling contributed 11 points to round out Trinity’s double-figure scorers. William Young led the matchup with seven assists, surpassing 300 in his career.

Jonathan Blount of Centenary was the game’s high scorer with 24 points. James Sapp had a double-double, with 12 points and 20 rebounds. The Gents concluded their season with an 18-10 record. Trinity and Centenary split their two-game regular-season series.