EDMONTON – One day after pulling off an 89-79 victory over MacEwan in overtime, the University of Victoria Vikes couldn’t find the same magic in Edmonton, falling to the Griffins 67-63 on Saturday night.
After a few misses at the free-throw line by both teams, MacEwan led 65-63 with eight seconds left, setting up Victoria’s final drive, which ended in another missed shot. The end result was a spoiled sweep for the Vikes, and both teams are now 2-4 on the Canada West season.
“I think our effort tonight was just OK,” said Victoria head coach Craig Beaucamp. “I told the guys if you’re to go play on the road and your effort is OK and your performance is OK, then you have to be willing to settle for games that end crazily in the last 30 seconds.
“Obviously there’s a lot of funny things that happen in the last minute of games. That’s basketball. There’s 40 minutes before that that you have a lot more control of. There’s always going to be missed shots, there’s always going to be turnovers in the last minute. I just thought for us to get a second win on the road we were going to have to be a lot tougher and intense. We’re struggling to get there sometimes on the second night.”
Justin Kinnear led the Vikes with a big night – 18 points and 13 rebounds – but they had limited contributions across the board other than those from their third-year forward.
“We just seemed to be real choppy tonight, although both teams were struggling to score,” said Beaucamp. “We got into a bit of foul trouble early with Grant and that hurt our rotations a little bit.
“Early on we were really struggling to move the ball and I thought we got relegated to a lot of one-on-one play, guys trying to do things on their own. That never results in anything too positive.”
Galvez led the Griffins in scoring with 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while James chipped in 10 in just 16 minutes of play after running into some foul trouble.
Victoria heads home to host UBC on November 25 with Shoot for the Cure night set to take place at CARSA. The Vikes will then head to UBC for a road game Sunday.
UVIC: 20-15-12-16: 63
GMU: 26-12-9-20: 67