Golden Bears hang on to hand Vikes second loss of Canada West season

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by James Nielsen

January 11, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The No. 5-ranked University of Victoria men’s basketball team entered their January 11 match aiming for their second win in a row as they faced the No. 3-ranked Alberta Golden Bears at McKinnon Gym.

Despite outscoring Alberta in the final frame 19-12, the Vikes would fall short, losing just their second game of the Canada West season.

BOX SCORE

Terrell Evans led the Vikes with 20 points and four rebounds, while Chris McLaughlin added 18 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Peterson was the third Vike to enter double-digits in scoring, posting 12 points and seven rebounds through four quarters of play.

The Golden Bears also saw three players enter double-digits in scoring. Jordan Baker led the way for his squad, posting 12 points and nine rebounds, while Kenneth Otieno and Joel Friesen added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

After a strong second half against the Saskatchewan Huskies in their Jan.10 victory, UVic’s Kyle Peterson led the Vikes in first quarter scoring, posting five points to lead his team. Overall, the home side could not match the early-game intensity of the Golden Bears who jumped out to an early 19-12 lead after ten minutes.

Play evened out in the second quarter that saw the Vikes battling back to even the score up at 29. After being held scoreless in the opening quarter, fifth-year Vike Terrell Evans converted on three shots from the field for six points. Alberta spread their scoring out among several players in the second quarter that ended with both teams knotted at 29 heading into halftime.

UVic managed to gain a one-point lead in the third quarter before Alberta’s offense began to roll. The Golden Bears went on a 13-2 run to close out the third, outscoring the home side 20-10 and leading 49-39 after thirty minutes of play, their largest lead of the night to that point.

The Vikes failed to put up any points in the opening two minutes of the fourth, turning over the ball to Alberta who converted another basket to extend their lead to 12. Needing an offensive push, the Vikes began to heat up, going on a 10-0 run, highlighted by an Evans three-point shot that got the crowd to its feet. The run cut the Golden Bears lead to just three points. With just over two minutes remaining in the game, Vike Evans drained his second three of the game, making it a one-possession game late. A last-second scramble by the Vikes ended with yet another converted Evans three-point shot, as the Vikes would pull within one point late. Still trailing, the Vikes would be forced to send Alberta to the line, where the visiting squad regained a three-point lead and eventual victory despite a last-second three-point attempt from the Vikes.

The Vikes drop to 9-2 on the season while the Bears jump to 10-1. UVic will head on the road to Prince George to face the UNBC Timberwolves. Both games are set for 8:00 p.m.

SCORING SUMMARY

UVIC:12-17-10-19: 58

UOFA: 19-10-20-12: 62

SCORING LEADERS

UVIC: Terrell Evans (20), Chris McLaughlin (18)

UOFA: Jordan Baker (12), Kenneth Otieno (11)

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