TWU men’s basketball team dropped their second game of their tour of California

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(ISN) – OCEANSIDE, California – The Trinity Western University men’s basketball team dropped their second game of their tour of California 90-65 to Cal State San Marcos Tuesday night at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California.

Taylor Heinrichs (Port Moody, B.C.) with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Kelvin Smith (Los Angeles) with 12 points and four rebounds led the Spartans, while Tony Freeland with 15 points, five rebounds and Julian Camper, Dayton Boddie and Akachi Okugo with 12 points each led the Cougars.

Turnovers and foul shots proved to be the difference for the Cougars. CSSM had a sizable edge in foul shots, the Cougars finished the night going 10-19, while TWU’s Denny McDonald (Mississauga, Ont.) went 1-2 for the only free throws for the Spartans. But the ability to take care of the basketball was once again a problem for TWU as the Spartans finished with 27 turnovers to the Cougars nine.

Unlike last evening’s game with Vanguard the Spartans were able to match San Marcos in the early going. Then with TWU trailing by two points, 32-30, with 6:30 remaining in the half, CSSM went on an 18-6 run to go into the half time break with a 12 point, 48-36, lead.

For the first six minutes of the second half Trinity Western matched San Marcos point for point as the Spartans trailed 57-45 with 14 minutes remaining in the game. But over the next seven minutes the Cougars broke open the game with a 20-2 run, to lead 77-47 with seven minutes remaining in the contest. The Spartans would close the gap slightly down the stretch to finish with a 25 point loss.

Next up for Trinity Western is Biola University on Saturday, December 20. TWU opens the second half of Canada West play on January 9-10 against the Regina Cougars.

Game Notes: TWU finished the night shooting 42.9 percent (27-63) from the field and an impressive 47.6 percent (10-21) from the three point line, while CSSM finished shooting 50 percent (36-72) and 27.6 percent (8-29) respectively…the Spartans finished with 15 assists to the Cougars 22…San Marcos also had 19 steals to Trinity Western’s five thefts…