|Game Date: 2/3/2001||Location: Lethbridge, AB|
|Game Time: 8:30 pm||Attendance: 1200|
|Officials: Munroe, Fetig, Novak|
Men's Basketball (League)
Saturday, February 3, 2001
TWU Spartans (65) at the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (78)
Spartans Still in the Hunt After Weekend Split
Lethbridge, Alberta - The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men's basketball team prevented a weekend sweep by Trinity Western University by staging an impressive come from behind 78-65 victory over the Spartans Saturday night in Lethbridge, AB.
The Spartans started the game out on fire. Led by Josh Hall (4th yr, G, Abbotsford, BC) - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, the Spartans shot a staggering 66.7% from the three point line to build a 6 point half time lead, 39-33.
"It was a really hard fought game, we were really in sync in the first half, and we were playing tough defense," said TWU head coach Stan Peters.
But the 3rd place Pronghorns were not about to lose again in their own gym this weekend. Led by Chris Wilde - 17 points, 3 rebounds, Lethbridge out scored the Spartans 45-26 over the final 20 minutes to stage the come from behind victory.
"Missing Malcom Campbell (6'9", 5th yr, C, Abbotsford, BC) - hip pointer, really hurt us tonight," said Peters. "But we worked really hard to get the win, unfortunately it just wasn't there for us in the second half."
The Spartans only managed 32% from the field in the second half, while the Pronghorns shot 50% over the final 20 minutes.
The Spartans were also led by Ben Bauman (3rd yr, C, Chilliwack, BC) - 14 points, 8 rebounds and Tyler Coston (2nd yr, G, Blaine,WA) - 12 points and 4 rebounds. Other statistical leaders for the Pronghorns were Ryan Reed - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Jason Harrison - 11 points and 4 rebounds.
The loss drops the Spartans to 7-13 in Canada West league play. The Spartans are currently tied for 5th place with 3 teams - Saskatchewan, UBC, and Calgary. Two of the 4 teams will make the play-offs, while the other two teams will go home after next weekend's final league games.
The Spartans hold their play-off destiny in their own hands as they host the University of Calgary on Friday and Saturday, February 9-10, 8:00 PM. A weekend sweep by the Spartans will secure a play-off spot; two losses and the season will be over for the Spartans.