Men's Basketball (League)
January 21, 2000
T.W.U. Spartans (83) vs. the University of British Columbia (59)
Spartans Soar Over 'Birds
Langley, British Columbia - It was their first ever home win against the University of British Columbia in 15 attempts. The Trinity Western University men's basketball team smoked the T'Birds in Canada West action on January 21. TWU controlled the game and the #10 team in the nation and the final was indicative of their play: 83-59.
Coming into this season TWU was 0-18 against UBC and was 0-14 at home against the T'Birds. But after beating UBC by one in a tournament over Christmas, the Spartans proved they were the better team by flying past UBC once again, but this time in league play. UBC will drop to 8-5 and TWU will rise to 3-10 in Canada West action.
It was tight in the first half until TWU pulled away with less than 8 minutes and ran out to a 42-33 half time lead. The second stanza started with an 11-2 Spartan run and that was the ball game. UBC never rebounded back and the Spartans handed them a devastating loss.
Josh Hall was unstoppable, as he tossed in 30 points for TWU (17 in the first half). "Josh stepped up huge for us in a multitude of ways. He led offensively and played without thinking," noted Head Coach Stan Peters.
Peters continued, "This is the first time the kids have believed in the system and executed it for the full 40 minutes and I give them the credit. They worked their tails off defensively, as we held them to 26 second half points. When you play tough defense you are going to get easier looks on offense."
The Spartans will have to defend their territory on January 22, as they host UBC for the second straight night. Game time will be 8 p.m.