Gritty rebounding lifts Vikes over Horns

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

November 30, 2012, VICTORIA – Strong rebounding and depth in attack led the University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team to a 77-59 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Friday at McKinnon Gymnasium.

The win lifts the Vikes to a 6-3 record in the Canada West, while the Horns drop to 5-4.

The home team was led in scoring by Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV), who impressed with 25 points and five steals, while Ryan Erikson (Victoria, B.C.) had 13 points and eight rebounds. Almost every Vike on the floor put up points, evidence of the solid two-way team effort.

“It was a much needed win after a couple of losses in the prairies,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “We almost doubled them in rebounding and kept one of the top offensive teams to 59 points. Pierce (Anderson) was a good spark playing only 24 minutes and really got us going early with some inside touches.”

For the Horns, fifth-year Derek Waldner tallied 14 points, despite being held to single digits entering the fourth. Five-foot-eleven Morgan Duce added 13 points, nine of which came from outside the arc.

The Horns opened with a quick 5-0 streak that was curbed soon by an outside shot from rookie Vike Kyle Peterson (Edmonton). The Vikes made good on three of their first perimeter attempts, while Evans cashed in on three straight buckets to help the home side to the 23-15 lead entering the second quarter.

The Vikes tore open an 18-point lead in the second quarter despite being short-handed without the injured Vijay Dhillon (Richmond, B.C.) and Chris McLaughlin (Oakville, ON). With scoring credit being spread down the bench and good defensive work to keep Lethbridge’s key player, Waldner, off the scoreboard, the Vikes were rewarded with a 39-25 advantage at the break.

Duce earned his third three-pointer of the evening to kick off the second half but the Vikes responded with a 10-0 streak of their own. Athleticism and good rebounding in both ends kept the Vikes on pace, while two back-to-back steals and follow-up layups by Evans got the crowd off their feet.

The Vikes pushed their lead to as much as 21 in the fourth, with appearances from the entire bench. Reiner Theil (West Vancouver, B.C.) had three offensive and nine defensive rebounds in the game, as the Vikes went on to win 77-59.

Up next, Lethbridge will face the UBC Thunderbirds (7-2), while the Vikes will host the Calgary Dinos (4-5). Both games will take place at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live athttp://canadawest.tv

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