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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communication

November 16, 2012, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team were upset on home court 71-61 by the Trinity Western Spartans on Friday night.

The No. 10 Vikes conceded 21 turnovers in the team’s first loss of the season, dropping their Canada West record to 4-1, while the Spartans improve to 2-3.

Guard Mark Perrin was the fuel to the storm that propelled the Spartans to their second victory of the season, as the six-foot-one leading scorer tallied 27 points. The next highest scorer was Kurtis Osborne, who contributed 10 points.

For the Vikes, Michael Acheampong (Toronto, Ont.) and Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV) were the double-digit leaders of the evening. Acheampong had 20 points and six rebounds, while Evans had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

“Canada West, as we say, and the CIS is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Vikes men’s basketball head coach Craig Beaucamp. “We just didn’t get our feet under us from the first quarter on. We couldn’t sustain any thing offensively or defensively.”

The Spartans impressed in the opening quarter out-scoring the Vikes 19-17 with two treys coming from third-year Justin Bakuteka and second-year Tyler Linttell. The Vikes responded well with seven points coming from Acheampong but nine Vikes turnovers relative to Trinity Western’s three justified the score line.

The Spartans maintained their lead early in the second quarter with Perrin chipping in six of the ten Trinity Western points. Reiner Theil (West Vancouver, B.C.) hit his second perimeter shot of the night to get the Vikes back within two after trailing by five and fourth-year Vike Brandon Dunlop (Victoria, BC) closed out the half with a trey to end the second-quarter trailing 30-29.

The home side finally found some scoring room thanks to some gritty contributions from Evans, who had an eight-point quarter and Acheampong who added seven. The scoring duo helped neutralize the accurate hands of the Spartans combo of Perrin and Denny McDonald, who had seven and five points, respectively. Perrin eventually nailed two back-to-back jumpers to lift the Spartans 51-49 entering the final quarter.

The visitors continued to lead the Vikes, giving only a glimmer of hope in the final minute of the game. Perrin again rose to the occasion, draining a shot from well beyond the arc, sending Trinity Western on route to a 71-61 victory.

The Vikes will host the Spartans again tomorrow, Nov. 17, at McKinnon Gym at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv.