By: Daniel Herrick, U of S Sports Information Student Assistant
November 22, 2013, Saskatoon (ISN) – In men’s basketball, a late fourth quarter comeback lifted the visiting Trinity Western University Spartans over the No. 5 University of Saskatchewan Huskies 75-73 Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
Denny McDonald converted on a three point play with five seconds left to give the Spartans their first lead since the first quarter. McDonald drove to the basket and finished off the glass with his right hand while drawing the foul to give the Spartans a two-point victory.
Saskatchewan drops to 6-1 with its first loss of the season, while Trinity Western improves to 4-4.
Saskatchewan entered the fourth quarter with a 58-47 lead that almost slipped away midway through the period. Timely baskets combined with Saskatchewan turnovers allowed Trinity Western back in the game, down six with five minutes to play.
Dadrian Collins would restore the Huskies’ double digit lead with five straight points, but the Spartans wouldn’t back down. Robert Rodriguez converted on a three point play before knocking down a pair of free throws after stealing the ball on the following possession to get the Spartans to within three for the first time since the first quarter.
Anthony Ottley’s deep jump shot would cut the lead to 73-72. On the ensuing Huskie possession the home squad that lost only once at the PAC in the regular season last year turned the ball over for the 16th time in the game. From there McDonald would finish off the comeback.
The Huskies led 21-16 after the first quarter and stretched the lead to 44-28 by halftime, but scored a season low 76 points in the loss.
Collins went 5-for-8 from beyond the arc to score a game-high 22 points in the loss. Ben Baker recorded another double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
McDonald led the way for the Spartans with 16 points, including the winning basket. Rodriguez and Justin Bakuteka scored 15 points each.
Saskatchewan will host the Fraser Valley Cascades Saturday night at the PAC in a rematch of the 2012-13 Canada West quarter-final series. After already playing the Alberta Golden Bears on Thursday, the Spartans next action will be at home next weekend against the Victoria Vikes.