|Game Date: 10/13/2001||Location:|
|Game Time: 7:00 pm||Attendance: 500|
|Officials: Guy Cipriani, Vern Bovell, Ken Muir|
Men's Basketball (Non-conference)
Saturday, October 13, 2001
TWU Spartans (62) at McMaster University Marauders (71)
Defending OUA West Champs Too Much For Spartans
HAMILTON, Ontario - The Trinity Western University men's basketball team were unable to spoil McMaster University's home opener on Saturday as the Spartans fell to the Marauders 71-62.
MacMaster, who was able to play with a 15 man line-up compared to the Spartans 10, were able to play their traditional style of tough defense and fast break offense against the Spartans. The effect of a shorter bench and playing their second game in two nights was quickly evident as the Marauders forced the Spartans into 15 first half turnovers and limited TWU to only 29% shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes.
McMaster never gave the Spartans a chance to get going as the jumped out to an early advantage, and were able to hold the lead for the rest of the first half, finishing the first 20 minutes up 42-33. Mac extended the advantage to 21 in the second half, before the Spartans clawed their way back to get within 10 points.
Leading the Spartans were Tyler Coston (3rd yr, guard, Blaine, WA) 11 points, 4 rebounds and Ryan Anderson (1st yr, forward, Abbotsford, BC) 10 points and 6 rebounds. Brian Redekop (2nd yr, forward, Abbotsford, BC) led the Spartans in rebounding with 8 boards. The Canada West squad dropped their second straight game (0-2), following Friday evening's 76-67 overtime loss at Guelph.
The hometown Marauders sported a balanced scoring attack. Rodney Baptiste led Mac with 11 points, while Adam Guiney and Justine Boye had 10 points apiece. Mark Maga and Graham Hewitt scored 9 each. Hewitt added a game high 13 rebounds.
"We never really got it going tonight, we just could not get in sync with each other on the floor tonight," said TWU Head Coach Stan Peters. "But the guys played really hard and each game that we play we learn what it is like to play together and to play smart."
Next up for the Spartans at Brock University on Sunday, October 14.