DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
They may be the highest scoring team in the country, but the Winnipeg Wesmen can do it on defence, too.
Sean Tarver had 20 points and the Wesmen men's basketball team posted its top defensive performance of the season in dropping the Trinity Western Spartans 83-55 Saturday night in Langley, B.C.
The 55 points was the lowest output by a Wesmen opponent this season and the lowest since U of W allowed 54 in a win over UBC-Okanagan on Feb. 2, 2018.
Tarver added six rebounds and hit four of eight from the three-point line as the Wesmen earned a sweep of the weekend and won for the fifth time in six games.
Billy Yaworsky had 15 points and six rebounds off the bench. Joseph Medrano had 13 points and Narcisse Ambanza added 10 for Winnipeg, which returns home for a weekend series against the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack that starts Friday at the Duckworth Centre.
The Wesmen trailed by as many as 11 in the second quarter before tearing off a 15-4 run to take a 30-29 lead. TWU would go ahead 31-30 on a Josiah Allison jumper, but the Wesmen put up an 8-2 run to close the half and would not trail again.
The Wesmen held the Spartans (0-12) to 29.3 per cent shooting and 5-for-30 from three.
Winnipeg shot 40.5 per cent from the field and 12-for-33 from three.
Ethan DaSilva and Tee Maberry had nine points each to lead the Spartans, who were held to 22 points and 18.4 per cent shooting in the second half.