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TWU: Coston paces Spartan attack

Trinity Western Spartans Kyle Coston shoots over his Lethbridge Pronghorns opponent during Canada West men
Trinity Western Spartans Kyle Coston shoots over his Lethbridge Pronghorns opponent during Canada West men's basketball action at the Langley Events Centre on Jan. 6. Coston scored 35 points in this game and another 28 on Saturday and was named the Canada West male athlete of the week.
— image credit: Scott Stewart/TWU Athletics

The Trinity Western Spartans are off to an explosive start to 2012.

The men's basketball team hit triple digits in points on back-to-back nights as they picked up a pair of home victories at the Langley Events Centre.

The Spartans scored a 105-97 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Friday and a 107-97 win over the Calgary Dinos on Saturday.

The victories improved Trinity Western to 4-6 in Canada West conference action.

"It's little steps for us," said Spartans coach Scott Allen, following the second win.

"We've shown that we can be very explosive on the offensive part.

"I think fatigue got the best of us late after we rolled our starters for as long as we could to keep the lead up.

"But it was a fantastic effort and a well-deserved win."

Four of the Spartans starters finished in double figures, led by Kyle Coston's 28 points. Sean Peter had 25 and Calvin Westbrook had 22 points. Tristan Smith chipped in with 17 points and 10 assists.

The Spartans connected on 62.1 per cent of their shots, including six-for-11 from beyond the arc.

“I think as shots start falling and we start executing and recognizing mismatches, we start rolling. We pushed the ball down the floor well, which is pivotal for this team since we’re smaller, and we had a lot of energy tonight," Allen said.

Against Lethbridge, Trinity Western used a dominant third quarter where they scored 33 points to build an 11-point bulge.

Coston was again the offensive catalyst with 35 points while Peter had 26. Smith had another 15 points and nine assists.

On Tuesday, Coston was named the Canada West player of the week.

The Spartans are in Kelowna this weekend for a pair of games against the UBC Okanagan Heat (2-6).

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