VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men's basketball team saw 17 three-pointers drop as they cruised past the visiting Trinity Western Spartans 96-66 Friday at the CARSA Performance Gym. The Vikes improve to 3-6 in the season, while the Spartans fall to 0-9.
The Vikes put up impressive outside shooting throughout the entire game as 10 different Vikes got on the scoreboard. Taylor Montgomery-Stinson saw four perimeter shots fall to finish with 16 points, while fifth-year veteran Jordan Charles had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Scully, Scott Kellum and Charles each had three treys, as the Vikes were 17-for-30 from beyond the arc. Kellum finished with 15 points, while Loewen had 12 and Scully tallied 11.
The opening half saw the Vikes out-score the Spartans 25-18 and 20-12 in the first two frames. Nine 3-pointers on 15 attempts fell for the home side including Montgomery-Stinson dropping four-of-five from beyond the arc. Five different players hit a three as the Vikes enjoyed a 45-30 lead at the break. Tanielian scored a team-high 10 points by halftime.
In the third quarter the Vikes saw the 3-pointers continue to fall as Jason Scully, Jordan Charles, Mason Loewen and Scott Kellum were finding the net from distance to enjoy a double-digit scoring stat before the quarter was over.
In the fourth, Kellum hit a long-bomb three that brought the Vikes 3-pointer total to 15 and bringing the game to 80-50. A spirited effort from Nadelhoffer and Tanielian continued to keep the Spartans running, but turnovers haunted them. Vikes newcomer Rohtash Matthu came off the bench to hit an uncontested three to make the game 96-66 and seal the victory for the home side.
• Nadelhoffer's double-double was his second as a Spartan since transferring to TWU this year.
• His other double-double was Nov. 9 against Mount Royal (10 points and 14 rebounds).
• TWU shot 92.9 per cent (13-14) from the free throw line, while Victoria shot just 41.2 per cent (7-17).
TWU Head Coach Aaron Muhic
"We got away from our systems to early tonight. UVic shot the ball very well tonight but we didn't do a good enough job defending the 3-point line and we need sustain our concentration throughout the game. We didn't start the third quarter very well. UVic came out and hit us right in the mouth four or five times in a row and we didn't respond to that with any offence of our own. Inconsistency killed us tonight. In the first quarter we let their shooters get comfortable and that gave them the game. We have to follow our game play if we want to come away with a win tomorrow."
TWU and the Vikes play the rematch Saturday at 7 p.m. (PT) at the CARSA Performance Gym.