March 4, 2009

Courtesy of Trinity Athletics

SAN ANTONIO - The Trinity University Tigers beat the Maryville College (Tenn.) Scots 68-64 Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament in Sams Gym.

Trinity (24-4) will host the University of Texas-Dallas Comets (24-4) at 7 p.m. Saturday in the NCAA second round. The Comets had a first-round bye. Maryville concluded its season with a 20-7 record.

The Tigers led 28-27 at halftime and outscored the Scots 16-5 at the beginning of the second half, to lead 44-32, with 14:23 left in the game. Tiger senior forward Jonathan Lewis of The Woodlands, Texas (Oak Ridge), scored all eight of his points in this Trinity run. Lewis also pulled in six rebounds. The Scots rallied and tightened the score to 44-38, with 13:06 remaining, but got no closer than four points.

Trinity senior forward Charles Houston of Seguin, Texas (Seguin), led the team with 21 point, shooting 7 of 12 from the field. Houston also grabbed seven rebounds. Senior guard B.J. Moon of San Antonio (Reagan) added 15 points. Sophomore forward Luke Caldarera of Katy, Texas (Taylor), scored six points, but led the game with 10 rebounds and five assists.

Maryville sophomore forward Eryk Watson of Powder Springs, Ga. (Kennesaw Mountain), led the game with 25 points, hitting 10 of 19 from the field. Junior center Greg Hernandez of Miami (La Salle) added 15 points and led the Scots with eight rebounds. Freshman guard Jordan Damron of Maryville scored 12 points.

Maryville shot 39.7 percent (23 of 58) from the field and Trinity hit 36.9 percent (24 of 65). The Tigers had a slight 40-37 edge in rebounding.

Trinity, which received an at-large NCAA bid, last qualified for the tournament in 2006, and lost 83-64 to Maryville in the first round at Clinton, Miss. Maryville competed in its 11th consecutive NCAA postseason event.