By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
November 23, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The CIS No. 3-ranked University of Victoria Vikes men’s baksetball team are now 8-0 thanks to a 77-66 victory over the Winnipeg Wesmen on Nov. 23 at McKinnon Gym.
The Wesmen, who entered this square with the Vikes at a 6-0 record now fall to 6-2, while the Vikes complete their weekend home sweep.
The Vikes impressed all over the floor to shoot 48 per cent from the field, 79 per cent from the line and win the rebound war 35-24. Senior forward Terrell Evans put up 24 points, including four from beyond the arc, while adding six rebounds. Six-foot-ten post Chris McLaughlin bounced back from a weekend of illness to provide 18 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Mack Roth contributed healthily with 15 points and six boards.
For the Wesmen, Steven Wesley was a one-man show finishing the night as the only player in double digits with 18 points. First year Ryan Oirbans stepped up with nine points while Kurtis Sansregret, Samuel Hattin and Jelane Pryce each added eight points. Canada West All-Star Andrew Cunningham was held to four points despite playing 34 minutes.
The Vikes opened the game shooting 44 per cent from the field as solid passing gave the home team as much as a 12-point lead. Roth and Evans led the way each with a first-quarter three to give the Vikes a 22-12 lead entering the second. Oirbans had seven first-quarter points for the visitors who were edged by the Vikes in rebounds 10-7.
The Vikes went on to receive an eight-point performance from McLaughlin in the second quarter including a nifty hook shot in the opening minute of the frame. For the Wesmen fifth-year guard Wesley dropped all 12 of his first-half points in the second to close the gap by as little as six.
Some timely shooting from the McLaughlin, Evans and Roth combo kept the Vikes ahead 39-30 entering the half-time break. Throughout the opening half the Vikes enjoyed an accuracy percentage of 83 from the line and moved the ball well to earn 14 points in the paint. Meanwhile the Wesmen were 46 per cent from the field and were on par with the Vikes going five-for-six from the line.
Senior Vike Evans put up 10 points in the third as the teams each tallied 17 points throughout the quarter. Both Roth and Evans hit timely shots from beyond the arc, while third year Reiner Theil continued to pick up the majority of the defensive duties under the hoop. Winnipeg’s lead scorer Wesley was held off the scoreboard for the third frame, requiring Hattin to step in with a much-needed distance shot.
The Vikes sat on a nine-point lead at 56-47 entering the final quarter.
Both teams were in bonus for the latter part of the final quarter leaving the Vikes at the line for their final six points. Winnipeg tried to rally back with some creative work from Welsey but it was too little, too late as Evans set up McLaughlin for a crowd-roaring dunk to seal the game for the home team.
The Vikes closed out their weekend sweep with a final score of 77-66 over Winnipeg to move to a perfect 8-0 record entering their final two games before the December break. The Vikes will travel for a pair of games against Trinity Western next weekend, Nov. 29-30, while the Alberta Golden Bears will host the Wesmen.
All games will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv
- UVIC: 22-17-17-21: 77
- WPG: 12-18-17-19: 66
- UVIC: Terrell Evans (24), Chris McLaughlin (18), Mack Roth (15)
- WPG: Steven Wesley (18), Ryan Oirbans (9)