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MENS BASKETBALL (Non-Conference)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009
TWU SPARTANS (81) AT SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN COLLEGE (58)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FIRST HALF EXPLOSION LEADS SPARTANS OVER HAWKS IN SAN DIEGO
SAN DIEGO – The Trinity Western University men’s basketball team used a 17 point first half lead to coast to an 81-58 victory over the San Diego Christian College Hawks in a non-conference game Monday night in San Diego. The win gives the Spartans a 7-5, 4-3 CWUAA , record as they enter the Christmas break, while the loss drops the Hawks to 1-8, 0-2 GSAC.
The Hawks had the first four points of the game, but TWU's next possession started a 12-0 run that set the tone for the first half. Spartans guard Louis Hurd of Spokane, Wash. and forward Tyrell Mara of White Rock, B.C. both tallied nine points, while the Danny Soliman led the Hawks offense with five points in the half that ended with the Spartans leading 40-23.
In the second half, the Hawks could not break through the double-digit point margin, even though the Spartan's only outscored the Hawks by six points over the second half.
For the Hawks, Tyler Mutton had 10 points and Jason Starr finished with eight points. Viktor Asaciovas went 2-3, finishing with seven points and eight rebounds, while Ahmed Abdelhamid finished with seven points and had nine boards on the night.
Hurd sank five three point baskets to co-lead his team in points for the night with forward Jacob Doerksen of Abbotsford, B.C. with 15 points each. Mara was impressive finishing two assists shy of a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists in the Spartan's win, while guard Daniel Horner of Abbotsford, B.C. went 5-9 from the field, finishing with 14 points, three assists and three steals.
TWU resumes conference play on Jan. 8-9 when they will play at Saskatchewan on Friday and at Alberta on Saturday in two key road games.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 4,000 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 41 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 17 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership. For more information, visit TWU's Official Athletics site at gospartans.ca.
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport:
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit www.universitysport.ca.
"Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year since 1997-98. Comprised of 14 schools, from Manitoba to B.C., the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in events such as the Olympics or Universiade Games."
About the GSAC:
The Golden State Athletic Conference is one of the most unique and successful conferences in the country. The GSAC is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the nation’s first collegiate athletic association to offer national championships. Established in 1986 by like-minded institutions, the GSAC members are all Christian colleges. They are purposely aligned to be similar in enrollment, academics, athletics and student life. The GSAC uniquely links sport sponsorship to enrollment and adjusts athletic scholarships and financial aid to the cost of education at each institution, thereby maintaining a constant ratio for all members. Current members are Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, California Baptist University, Concordia University, Fresno Pacific University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Vanguard University and Westmont College. Two new members, Christian Heritage College and Hope International University, joined the GSAC in the fall of 1999. Then The Master’s College joined in the fall of 2001.
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