Thursday, 15 February 2007

Thursday's Results

Dalhousie (7-10, 16 pts) 75 at St. Mary's (8-7, 22 pts) 84 6'3" Mark McLaughlin led a first-half charge with a number of conventional three point plays off screen and rolls and the Huskies forced 11 first-half turnovers to take a 21 point halftime lead and coasted to the easy win. St. Mary's did a solid job of keeping the Tigers on the perimeter, limiting the touches of 6'5" Germain Bendegue. Clint Bateman added 18 points for the Huskies while Cordell Wright had 15 and Ike Uchegbu 13 points, 9 rebounds. Dal's deficit would have been larger had it not been for a terrific first-half effort from Monte Francois, who ended with 21 points including 3 3's. St. Mary's moved to within 2 points of fourth-place St. FX. The two teams meet again at Dalplex on Sunday.

Waterloo (6-15) 61 at McMaster (12-8) 76 Mac's solid fifth-year duo of 5'9" Martin Ajayi (22 points overall) and 6'8" Adam Steiner combined for 25 first-half points to give Mac a 13 point halftime lead and the Marauders coasted to the easy win to stay within striking distance of second place. The Marauders held Waterloo to 30% shooting in the first half. McMaster led 57-37 with 10 minutes remaining after a steal and lay-in by Ajayi when both coaches began substituting liberally. Waterloo got the game back to 65-55 with about 3 minutes remaining but 6'4" John Obrovac knocked in consecutive threes, including a nasty step-back to end any faint hopes of a Warrior comeback. The Warriors, who got 18 points from second-year guard David Burnett, lost their 9th in a row and 10th in their last 11 games and showed their frustration with some cheap fouls late including a pair of needless intentionals after the game was well decided. Shortly after the second intentional with under 1 minute to play, Mac coach Joe Raso was assessed a pair of technical fouls and was ejected. Mac remains in the hunt for one of two first-round byes and with a win at Western on Saturday would clinch at least a first-round home game.

Western (10-10) 69 at Brock (14-6) 77 6'2" Mike Kemp and 6'0" Scott Murray hit back-to-back threes with about 5 minutes remaining to break open a two point game and the Badgers clinched their 7th consecutive victory by knocking down free throws down the stretch to guarantee themselves a home playoff game with a win over the hot-shooting Mustangs. 5'10" Brad Rootes had a season-high 31 points for Brock and added 7 assists in another sterling effort, offsetting a prolific 9-15 shooting effort from downtown by Western. The Mustangs made 9 of their first 11 3's including a 4 for 4 effort from Jason Milliquet and four more from Matt Curtis. But the Badgers went 5 for 8 themselves from beyond the three point line in the second half, part of a 60% shooting effort after halftime. Brock also outrebounded the taller Mustangs 36-25. The Mustangs host McMaster on Saturday at Alumni Hall and need a win to have any hope of hosting a home playoff game while Brock visits Guelph and needs a win to stay in the hunt for first place.

Brock 14-6
Windsor 13-6
McMaster 12-8
Guelph 11-9
Western 10-10
Laurier 9-11
Waterloo 6-15
Lakehead 1-19

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