EDMONTON – Amassing 30 points in the second quarter alone, the Alberta Golden Bears worked their way to a 78-58 victory over Trinity Western Friday night at Saville Community Sports Centre.
Team-leading scorer Mamadou Gueye continued his offensive prowess with a 28-point effort, aided on the scoresheet by rookie forward Brody Clarke’s 17 points. Fourth-year post Brett Roughead recorded a game-high 12 rebounds.
Kelvin Smith (Los Angeles) earned a team-high 15 points for the Spartans while guard Lucas Mannes (Chilliwack, B.C.) chipped in 14 points in the loss.
Alberta improves to 8-8 while the Spartans drop to 1-14 on the season.
Although Alberta opened with an 8-2 run three minutes into the game, TWU came back to tie it, three times. However the Bears perfect shooting from the charity stripe helped build a 19-15 lead and gain the home team some momentum going into the second quarter.
With Gueye putting together a perfect quarter – he was five for five from the field, two for two from 3-point range and two for two from the free throw line – in only seven minutes of action, Alberta took off in the second quarter. All told, the Bears outscored TWU 30-12 to all but bury the Spartans.
Though the home team didn’t fare well in the third, struggling everywhere except the free throw line, the Spartans were unable to take full advantage, only diminishing Alberta’s lead be four points going to the fourth quarter.
The teams traded baskets throughout much of the fourth quarter, with Alberta outscoring the Spartans 14-12, en route to a convincing win.
The two teams meet again tomorrow to finish off the weekend series, game time starting at 6 p.m. PT.