|Game Date: 2/2/2001||Location: Lethbridge, AB|
|Game Time: 8:30 pm||Attendance: 1200|
|Officials: Vanderstam, Giordan, Lebleu|
Men's Basketball (League)
Friday, February 2, 2001
TWU Spartans (71) at the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (67)
Playoffs Still in Sight for Spartans
Lethbridge, Alberta - The Trinity Western University men's basketball team put together a solid team effort in their 71-67 victory over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on Friday night.
Paced by Josh Hall's (4th yr, G, Abbotsford, BC) 21 points and 7 rebounds the Spartans upset the 3rd place Pronghorns for their 7th league victory of the season.
"We moved the ball really well and played as a team tonight," said TWU head coach Stan Peters. "But we are a team that rises and falls with how Josh Hall plays."
The Spartans came out strong and jumped out to a 9 point half time lead, 40-31. Unfortunately for the Spartans their big man, Malcolm Campbell (5th yr, C, Abbotsford, BC) had to leave the game just before half with a leg injury. Campbell had been dominant for most of the first half as he led the team with 9 points and 7 rebounds in 16 minutes.
But basketball is a team game and Campbell's teammates Ben Bauman (4th yr, F, Chilliwack, BC) and Brian Redekop (1st yr, F, Abbotsford, BC) were there to "pick up" their injured teammate and control the inside game.
Bauman and Redekop combined for 15 points and 14 rebounds. "Ben came in and played really well for us tonight," said Peters. "And the game was hinged on how Brian was able to control the boards."
The Pronghorns got hot in the second half and they battled back to take a 4 point lead with 10 minutes to go in the game. With 1:30 to go the two teams were tied at 65-65. The two teams exchanged leads over the next 1:00 and with :45 seconds to go the Spartans had taken a slim 2 point lead, 69-67.
On Lethbridge's next possession the Spartans stole the ball and the Pronghorns was forced to foul Josh Hall in order to get the ball back. Hall hit both free throws to put the Spartans up 71-67with less then 30 seconds remaining.
With 7 seconds to go the Pronghorns missed a 3-point attempt, but the ball went out of bounds off of the Spartans, keeping Lethbridge's hopes alive. After a timeout and a change in defenses the Spartans once again forced the Pronghorns into a turnover, giving the Spartans the ball and the win.
Alan Spoonhunter 21 points and Ryan Reed 13 points, 8 rebounds led the Pronghorns.
The win moves the Spartans to 7-12 and ties them with British Columbia and Calgary for 5th place in Canada West. The loss gives the Pronghorns a record of 9-10 and moves them into a 3rd place tie with Simon Fraser University.
The Spartans hope to sweep the weekend when they play tomorrow against the University of Lethbridge at 8:15 PM in the Lethbridge gym.