Men's Basketball - WESMEN 61  Victoria 75

The University of Victoria Vikes defeated the University of Winnipeg Wesmen 75-61 in game two of the best of three Canada West Quarter-Finals Saturday evening in Victoria, British Columbia.

Game Statistics

Winnipeg won the opening game of the series Friday night by a score of 79-51. Game three will be played on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. (Winnipeg Time). The winner will advance to the Canada West Men's Basketball Final Four.

Terrell Evans led Victoria with a game high 18 points. Chris McLaughlin finished the contest with a double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Peterson added 16 points, including four-three pointers.

Fifth year forward Steven Wesley led the Wesmen with 16 points and nine rebounds. Christopher Baxter added 10 and Jordan Clennon finished with nine.

A resurgent Vikes squad opened up strong in the first with an 8-0 run, forcing Wesmen head coach Mike Raimbault to call a timeout early. The call was the right one for the Wesmen, who battled back in the quarter to finish one point shy of tying the game, trailing 16-15.

The second quarter saw Vike guard Marcus Tibbs taking over on offence, posting seven of the Vikes 21 total points in the quarter. Winnipeg appeared poised to take the lead with a 5-0 run that tied the game at 20 apiece before the Vikes answered back with a 5-0 run of their own. The Vikes continued to roll, extending their lead to nine at the half by a score of 38-29.

Back-to-back three-point shots highlighted the opening half of the third quarter for the Vikes as they looked to put away the Wesmen. The visiting side refused to concede defeat, however, answering back with a three-pointer of their own to keep the Vikes within 10 points. Peterson added two three-pointers in the quarter as the Vikes continued to pad their point total.

Up 53-46, the Vikes took over on offence, stretching their lead to 21 points by the seven-minute mark. Clock management was the name of the game for Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp, who was able to sit all five starters in the remaining minutes of the quarter as Victoria evened the series with a 75-61 victory.

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