|Game Date: 11/9/2007||Location: Lanlgey, BC|
|Game Time: 8pm||Attendance: 475|
Men's Basketball (Canada West)
Friday, November 9, 2007
TWU Spartans (103) at Lethbridge Pronghorns (88)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS HIT CENTURY MARK IN FIRST CANADA WEST VICTORY
LANGLEY, British Columbia - The Trinity Western University Spartans won their home opener, beating the Lethbridge Pronghorns 103-88 at TWU's Langley, B.C. campus. The win was the first for the Spartans in Canada West play this season.
TWU led by as much as 13, but Lethbridge trimmed the lead to just two at the half 47-45. The Spartans opened the third with a 20-6 run and led 79-64 through three. Twice early in the fourth the Pronghorns cut the lead to single digits before the Spartans ran away with the game midway through the fourth, and cruised to victory.
"We came out in the third quarter and didn't allow them second shot opportunities," said TWU Head Coach Stan Peters. "We forced some turnovers and didn't turn it over ourselves. We got our flow going on offense and that was a big thing."
The Spartans leading scorer coming into the night, guard Lucas Goltz (Comox, B.C.), filled that roll again with a game-high 29 points, and also added seven rebounds and two assists. Goltz took over down the stretch with 21 points in the second half.
"Our guys are starting to figure out how to get Lucas the ball where he has gaps to attack," Peters said. "In the second half when they tired defensively, we said ‘Let's run the ball through Lucas' and he did the job."
Ryan Anderson (Lethbridge, Alta.) led three Pronghorns in double-figures with 27 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Off the bench Courtney Clawson (Stirling, Alta.) tallied 17 points, including five three pointers, and Quinn Van Gaalen (Foremost, Alta.) had 13 points.
The Spartans next host the University of Calgary Dinos at TWU's David E. Enarson Gymnasium. The Pronghorns are on the road again to play the Simon Fraser University Clan in Burnaby, B.C. Both games are Saturday, November 10 with an 8 p.m. tip off.
Game Notes- Robinson's seven steals ties a school record, which has been accomplished by two other players: Matt Myers (Tumwater, Wash.) just last week at Regina on November 2, and Michael Erickson, also at Regina, on November 4, 2005...The Spartans 103 points is the fourth highest single game total in school history.