Men's Basketball (League)
January 28, 2000
T.W.U. Spartans (54) at the University of Saskatchewan (74)
Second Half the Spartan's Demise
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - They shot more, but scored less. The Trinity Western University men's basketball team took their act on the road, but a dismal second half at the University of Saskatchewan was enough to derail the Spartans. The Huskies eventually ran away with a 74-54 win on January 28.
The Spartans played even in the first stanza. Their two-point cushion (33-31) at the break proved to be no cushion at all. Shooting faux pas proved to be the difference, as the Spartans were a dismal 37% from the field and only 15% from behind the 3-point line. To top it off the Spartans only converted on 53% of their free-throw attempts.
"We didn't come to play in the second half and we didn't make the stand we needed to in the first. We took 11 more shots than they did and out-rebounded them by 4, but didn't make the shots when we needed," noted Head Coach Stan Peters.
The Spartans held the Huskies to 44% shooing, but "just didn't finish." Vance Verhoeven (Manitoba) led the game with 28 points and Kenyon James (Manitoba) added 13. Malcolm Campbell paced the Spartans with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Jobs added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the Spartans.
"We came here and played hard in the first half, but didn't take the dagger and drive it in. It wasn't an effort thing, but a finishing thing," added Peters.
The loss drops the Spartans to 3-12 in Canada West play and leaves them chasing Calgary for the final playoff position. The win slides Saskatchewan to 7-8 and safely in 5th position in Canada West. Both teams will square off again on January 29. "We are going to come at them. We need the win," stated Peters. "Tonight was a matter of finishing, if we shot 50% it would have been a totally different game."