Karwacki's Buzzer Beater Lifts Huskies Over Spartans

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LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western Spartans men's basketball team saw their first win of the season snatched away with a buzzer beating 3-point basket by Jonathan Karwacki as the Spartans lost 78-77 to the visiting University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at the David. E. Enarson Gym on TWU's Langley, B.C. campus.

The loss keeps TWU winless at 0-8, while the win improves the Huskies to 3-5.

Fifth year forward Kelvin Smith (Los Angeles) with 29 points and eight rebounds and second year guard Lucas Mannes (Chilliwack, B.C.) with 15 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two blocked shots led the Spartans, while Evan Ostertag (Saskatoon) and Jauquin Bennett-Boire (Saskatoon) with 17 points each led the Huskies.

Missed free throws and turnovers were the difference in tonight's match. The Spartans ended the night with 21 turnovers, to the Huskies 15 turnovers. While TWU finished the night shooting 60 percent, 12-20, from the foul line to SASK's 72 percent, 18-25.

With six seconds remaining TWU led 77-75, with Saskatchewan inbounding the ball at centre court. The Huskies worked the ball quickly to find Jonathan Karwacki (Saskatoon) in the corner. Karwacki launched a high arcing shot that went through the basket as the buzzer rang to end the game in a dramatic 78-77 Huskies win.

The Spartans led 22-20 at the end of 10 minutes, and 47-38 at the end of the first half. The Huskies pulled to with-in one point, 59-58 at the end of the third quarter to set the stage for the finish.

Next up for the Spartans is at the University of Regina on Saturday and Sunday January 9-10. TWU's next home game is on January 22 when they face the University of Calgary in a weekend double header. The top ranked Huskies will suit up again for Canada West play on January 8-9 in Calgary against the Dinos.

Game Notes: Saskatchewan had the slight edge in rebounding 41-39...TWU had an excellent night from the three point line hitting 11-21, 52.4 percent, while SASK shot 10-34, 29.4 percent...