Sept 20,2014(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – Despite a 32-point night from Denny McDonald (Mississauga, Ont.), the Trinity Western men’s basketball lost 97-91 in overtime to the visiting Seattle Mountaineers Saturday at the David E. Enarson Gym.
Playing back on campus in the Spartans old home court, McDonald led the Spartans from start to finish, but while he helped TWU to a 13-point third quarter lead, the Mountaineers rallied late in the fourth quarter and then cruised to a win in the extra session.
After Seattle tied the game with a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers rolled its late-game momentum into overtime and never trailed the rest of the way.
The Spartans were within two points late in overtime, at 93-91, but that was as close as they would get. Seattle hit a few key free throws down the stretch to salt away the win.
“We gave the game away,” said Spartans coach Scott Allen. “A lack of conditioning probably hurt us toward the end and we saw some mental mistakes. If we hit a few free throws and block out a few more times, we’d probably be talking about a win. But I think we’ll get better at those things and this will help us grow as a team.
“Earlier in the game, we were playing more as a team. Everyone was touching the ball and the ball was moving. We started taking some untimely shots and then a few turnovers ended up costing us.”
Trinity Western is now 0-2 in preseason. The Spartans only other preseason contest saw them lose 88-78 to the University of Detroit Mercy.
With McDonald collecting 21 points in the opening half, the Spartans eked out a two-point halftime lead, 39-37.
Early in the third quarter, the Spartans raced out to a 6-0 run and nabbed a 45-37 lead. The home side pushed that lead to 60-47 before closing the third quarter up 68-60.
In the final frame, TWU took a 75-63 lead only to see Seattle reply with a 7-0 run to close the gap to just five points. A 5-0 Spartans run reestablished TWU’s 10-point lead, at 80-70, but then Seattle roared back to send the game to overtime.
The Spartans return to the court Oct. 3-5 when they will travel to play in a three-game preseason tournament at Queen’s, which will see them play McGill, Queen’s and Guelph.