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MEN’S BASKETALL (NON-CONFERENCE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 05, 2009
TWU SPARTANS (56) AT THE BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY COUGARS (74)
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SPARTANS EARN RESPECT IN ROAD LOSS TO BYU
By Howard Tsumura, Sports Reporter, Vancouver Province
PROVO, Utah – The Trinity Western Spartans are putting their season-opening debacle against the UBC Thunderbirds far in their rearview mirror.
After opening a three-game NCAA Div. 1 road swing through Utah with a 77-58 victory over Utah Valley University on Tuesday evening at the McKay Center in Orem, the Spartans gave a great account of themselves in a 74-56 loss Thursday in Provo to Mountain West Conference pre-season favorite Brigham Young University.
It was BYU's smallest margin of victory in a preseason exhibition contest in four years.
“I was really impressed with Trinity Western,” said BYU head coach Dave Rose of the contest played in front of 7,533 fans. “They came out physical and strong. They are well coached, and made us work on every possession offensively and defensively. That’s what you want out of an exhibition game."
Trinity Western opened the game on a 10-4 run in the first 5:08 and BYU did not take the lead until the 8:26 mark in the first half, going up 20-18 on a three-pointer by Jimmer Fredette.
However, the Cougars mounted a 10-1 run to go up 32-24 in the first half then played solid defence throughout the second half, limiting the Spartans to just 25 points.
“We need to guard a little bit better," added Rose. "We missed a lot of easy shots early on, but I think that had a lot to do with the nerves and excitement of the first game. We settled down and did a pretty good job offensively.”
Said TWU head coach Scott Allen:“It was a good learning experience for us. I think we learned that if we look after the ball and take advantage of second-chance shots we can be successful. It was a great opportunity for us to play a quality team like BYU.”
Reigning CIS player of the year Jacob Doerksen scored just nine points against UBC, but in Utah he has been on fire.
Doerksen scored 28 points in each of the Spartans first two games, averaging 7.5 rebounds per contest over that stretch.
Tyrell Mara had 12 points and nine rebounds against BYU and Lance Verhoeff 10 boards.
Guard Louis Hurd scored 20 points against Utah Valley State.
BYU’s 18-point margin of victory was the smallest in Cougar exhibition play since a 14-point win against Seattle Pacific, 86-72 on November 10, 2005. TWU plays at Utah State on Saturday.
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