The TRU WolfPack men’s basketball team closed out 2013 with a victory, beating the host San Diego Christian Hawks, an NAIA team, 84-78 on Tuesday.
“We had some balanced scoring with eight players hitting the scoresheet,” TRU head coach Scott Clark said in a news release.
The WolfPack, which led 43-29 at the half, got 34 points and 14 rebounds, 13 on the defensive glass, from Josh Wolfram.
Tallon Milne helped out with 12 points, with Zach Usherwood getting 10.
TRU played without guards Ta’Quan Zimmerman of Waterbury, Conn., and Troy Grant of Brampton, Ont., both of whom remain at home following the deaths of family members during the holiday season.
TRU will resume its Canada West season on Jan. 9 in Regina against the Cougars. The WolfPack’s next home game is Jan. 17, 8 p.m., against the Fraser Valley Cascades.
Meanwhile, the WolfPack women’s basketball team also ended 2013 with a victory, beating the Trinity Western Spartans 73-52 in an exhibition game in Langley.
The WolfPack now has won five straight games — three in Canada West and a pair of exhibition games.
Freshman guard Syd Williams, who is from Langley, led TRU with 21 points.
“Syd had an outstanding second half,” WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves saiid of Williams, who had a number of friends and family in attendance. “She was 5-for-6 from three-point range. That gave us a spark and opened up penetration and cutting lanes. Our team defence was excellent.”
The WolfPack led 31-24 at the half.
Guard Jorri Duxbury helped the WolfPack with 20 points, while Taiysa Worsfold had 19.
Trinity Western was led by Chantelle Martin with 22 points.
TRU is scheduled to return to Canada West play on Jan. 19 in Regina against the Cougars.
The WolfPack next plays at home on Jan. 17, 6 p.m., against the Fraser Valley Cascades.