Men's Basketball (League)
February 5, 2000
T.W.U. Spartans (68) at the University of Calgary (64)
Spartans Secure One on the Road
Calgary, Alberta - Defense was they key. The Trinity Western University men's basketball team earned their first Canada West road win, as they grabbed a victory from the University of Calgary on February 5. After being dropped by 20 points the previous night, the Spartans stormed out of the gate early on the heels of a Ryan Jobs dunk. TWU led the whole way and found themselves up 68-64 at the final buzzer.
TWU led by as many as 18 in the first half and were up 38-22 at halftime. The Dinos responded in the second and pulled within 3 points with :45 seconds remaining in regulation. A missed attempt from Calgary and solid free throw shooting from Jobs and Josh Hall sealed the win for the Spartans. TWU turned it up on the defensive end, as they pressured the Dinos full-court all night, causing 26 turnovers (TWU committed just 15).
The win keeps the Spartans mathematically alive in the post-season chase. TWU, with a 4-14 record, moves one game behind Calgary's 5-13 mark for the final play-off berth. The Spartans will need a sweep of Alberta on February 11-12 and at least one Calgary loss to enter the play-offs.
"We came out like gangbusters tonight and were able to score on our transition. We were keyed by our defense and it is nice to finally get our first league road victory," stated Head Coach Stan Peters.
Hall's 23 points led TWU, again. Jobs chipped in 14 points for the Spartans. Andrew Stordeur's 20 points paced Calgary.
"Josh played really well and was again our player of the game. Malcolm Campbell played like a man tonight. He was huge inside. Everybody played hard," said Peters.
TWU's full-court trap was enough to limit the Dinos to only 31 shots from 2-point land, a major factor in the outcome.
The Spartans will host Alberta on the 11th and 12th in TWU's final home stand of the season. Game time will be 8 p.m. both nights.