Men's Basketball (League)
January 22, 2000
T.W.U. Spartans (76) vs. the University of British Columbia (81)
Comeback Falls Short
Langley, British Columbia - They were down 20 in the second half, but brought it to 4 with just seconds to play. The Trinity Western University men's basketball team attempted a sweep of the University of British Columbia on January 22, but couldn't quite push them out the door. UBC pulled out an 81-76 win.
UBC (9-6) led by 9 at the half and then stretched their lead to 20 early in the second. TWU (3-11) didn't give up and fought back to be within shooting distance near the end. Missed free throws by UBC and tough defense brought the Spartans close, but not close enough. The Spartans had opportunities down the stretch, but could never quite reach past the four-point wall to get the ‘W'.
"We played tenacious defense and rebounded well and were really able to attack them down the stretch," noted Head Coach Stan Peters. "I kept preaching that UBC wanted to give us the game and we just need to step up and take it. We shot the ball 7 more times than them, but just couldn't finish."
The first 10 minutes of each half proved the Spartan's demise. TWU found themselves down 10 after the first 10 minutes of the game and the second half started with an 11-2 run by UBC.
"We weren't ready to meet the challenge in the first 10 minutes, but we were able to meet the challenge down the stretch," remarked Peters.
TWU did, however, get the weekend split with UBC and move within one game of Calgary for the last play-off spot in Canada West. (Calgary lost twice this weekend). "Our goal was to win 2, but after the big win last night I knew we were going to have a tough mental battle tonight. We knew we were going to see new intensity from UBC," added Peters.
The Spartans will now take their show on the road, as they travel to Saskatchewan on January 28-29. The Huskies lost twice this weekend and are sitting just ahead of TWU and Calgary in the standings. Game time in Saskatoon will be 8:00 p.m.