The Colorado College men’s basketball team came into this season as one of two favorites to win the conference. This past weekend they faced two critical SCAC match-ups in Texas.

The Tigers faced off against the Mountaineers of Schreiner University last Friday. Schreiner used a 20-8 run to open the second half and pulled away to defeat the Tigers 70-66 despite tough play from the Tigers. “We’ve been struggling as a road team and last weekend was another example,” said Head Coach Andy Partee.

The Tigers had a quick turnaround and took on Trinity University on Saturday night. Trinity came out on top 74-54. CC held steady with Trinity, going into half trailing 42-33. However, Trinity took advantage of a poor second half of shooting from the Tigers to ultimately pull away.

“Trinity had a good game plan that they executed and we didn’t,” said senior F Chris Lesnansky.

“Trinity won only one game coming in against us so they’ve played with more inspiration,” Coach Partee says of Trinity’s upset. “We saw a program desperate to find themselves. Part of their big inspiration was to prove to themselves they could win a conference game.”

The Tigers moved to 3-5 in conference play and 9-10 overall. The next step is to “come together as a team and win both games this weekend, according to Coach Partee. CC men’s basketball will be back on the court next to meet Schreiner at home on Friday where Coach Partee hopes for “more energy playing at home.”

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