Saturday, 27 October 2007

Saturday's Action in the CIS

#4 UBC (2-0 Canada West, 3-0 overall) 92, Simon Fraser (0-2 Canada West, 1-5 vs. CIS overall) 55 Courtesy of Scott McLean at Simon Fraser Sports Info... Burnaby, B.C. – Five ‘Birds reached double figures in scoring as the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds rolled to a decisive 92-55 win over the Simon Fraser University Clan men’s basketball team on Saturday night. The game marked SFU’s Canada West regular season home opener, however UBC quickly set-up shop against the Clan, leading from pillar to post, to improve to 2-0 on the year. The loss drops Simon Fraser to 0-2 on the season. UBC opened the night on a 16-4 run in the first quarter, including ten points in the paint from Matt Rachar. SFU guard Sean Burke combined with Nolan Holmes to close the gap to six (18-12) before the end of the first quarter, with Burke creating his own three-pointer and Holmes following it up with a three-point play by making a tough bucket inside while being fouled by Balraj Bains. All the momentum SFU generated near the end of the first was lost in the second quarter, as the ‘Birds outscored the Clan 33-to-16 in the frame, opening the period with an 18-to-4 run, and never looked back, leading 51-28 at the half. SFU head coach Scott Clark then sat his starting five, allowing his bench to get playing time in the lopsided contest as UBC pulled away, leading 73-41 after three quarters and by as much as 41 points in the fourth. Rachar finished the contest shooting 7-for-10 from the floor for 16 points, while adding seven rebounds and three assists. Brent Malish was second on UBC with 13 points, while Alex Murphy added 12 points and seven assists. Kyle Watson led all rebounders with nine boards. Burke led the Clan with 12 points, while Greg Wallis added ten points and five rebounds. SFU was out rebounded 47-to-35 on the evening, and shot a paltry 26.7 per cent from the field. UBC shot 63.6 per cent in the opening half, and ended the night hitting on 34-of-63 field goal attempts. Next weekend the Clan are on the road, with games against Brandon and Regina. Their next home stand is on November 9-10, when they host Calgary and Lethbridge. UBC/Simon Fraser Box Score

Victoria (2-0 Canada West, 3-5 overall) 71, Trinity Western (0-2 Canada West, 0-2 overall) 56 The Vikes rode a 24-11 first quarter start to methodically defeat the visiting Spartans before 875 fans in Victoria. Cyril Indome led the way for the Vikes with 17 points including 5 for 10 from beyond the arc while Friday's hero 6'7" Mitch Gudgeon added 15 points and 6 rebounds. 6'6" Tyler Hass had 6 points and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes for Vic. Jon Loewen led the way for the Spartans with 20 points while Luke Robinson added 11. TWU/UVic Box Score

Fraser Valley (2-0 Canada West, 3-2 overall) 82, Thompson Rivers (0-2 Canada West, 1-2 overall) 74 The Cascades made it a weekend sweep over TRU at home with a game-deciding 32-12 run in the third quarter that broke open a tie game at halftime. 6'1" freshman guard Tristan Smith (California) had 18 points to lead Fraser Valley while Anthony Lao added 14 points/9 rebounds. Drew Bleth had 24 points to lead the Wolfpack. Fraser Valley/Thompson Rivers Box Score

Saturday's Exhibition and Tournament Results

#2 Windsor (4-1) 81, #7 Cape Breton (5-1) 72 (Hawk Challenge at Laurier) The Lancers captured the championship of the Hawk Challenge, leading virtually throughout the game using their inside game combined with their outside shooting and executed very well in the final 4 minutes down the stretch to knock the Capers from the ranks of the unbeaten. 6'8" Greg Surmacz and 6'0" Ryan Steer (Windsor, ON) each had 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the way for the Lancers. 6'2" reserve guard Matt Handsor added 11 points while burly 6'6" Greg Allin and 6'5" Kevin Kloostra each added 10 points for Windsor. 6'1" guard Mark McGarrigle led the Capers with 16 points while veteran 6'5" post Eric Breland and sharpshooting 6'3" wing Paul Blake each had 14 points, with Breland adding 10 rebounds for a double/double. The Capers cut a four point Windsor first quarter lead to 1 at 40-39 by halftime. Cape Breton had it to four after three quarters but the Lancers showed their veteran savvy down the stretch to pull away late. Cape Breton faces Guelph this afternoon.

#5 Saint Mary's (7-1) 81, Laval (3-5) 78 (Laval Tournament) OVERTIME The Huskies came back from an 11 point fourth quarter deficit, watching as Les Rouge et Or missed a pair of free throws with 4 seconds remaining that could have clinched it and then pulled away in the extra frame for the victory in what was described as a "barnburner". Laval jumped out to a quick 11-3 lead off the start of the game but the Huskies were able to claw back into a five point lead of their own early in the second quarter. Laval extended a 10 point lead at the end of the third quarter but St. Mary's began getting the ball inside successfully (Huskies shot 54% from the floor for the game) and came back to tie to force overtime. SMU's 6'1" guard Shane Morrison had 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Huskies while 6'5" Ike Uchegbu was a force inside with 15 points/11 rebounds. 6'2" Mark McLaughlin added 13 points and 6 rebounds and 6'5" Aaron Duncan had 11 for St. Mary's, which has won 7 in a row. The Huskies hurt themselves by going only 15-31 (48.4%) from the foul line and having 25 turnovers. 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu had 22 points and 7 boards to lead Laval while 6'7" J.P. Morin added 18 points/8 rebounds. 5'10" freshman point guard Xavier Barbeau had a career-high 17 points including 5-11 from three point land while fellow freshman 6'4" Jerome Turcotte had a 12 point/10 rebound double/double. Laval also had their troubles at the foul line, going only 7-15 (47%). The tournament concludes today with Laval facing UNB while the Huskies take on Laurentian.

Bishop's (4-4) 118, Laurier (2-4) 114 TRIPLE OVERTIME (Hawk Challenge at Laurier) In a wild affair that took over 3 hours to play, the Gaiters scored the first 7 points of the third OT and then went 6 of 8 from the foul line to clinch an exciting victory. Bishop's was down 5 late in the second overtime when 6'5" Doug McCooeye finished an "and 1" after a putback of an air ball and later got the tying basket with 7 seconds remaining to force another period. Laurier had mounted their own exciting comeback at the end of the first overtime as 6'5" freshman Dominique Brown knocked in three straight free throws with no time remaining on the clock after being fouled shooting an off-balance three pointer. Bishop's guard Junior Nicolas, a tournament all-star, finished with 28 points and 9 rebounds in 33 minutes before fouling out in regulation. Gaiters also got 26 points (13-14 from FT), 16 rebounds and 2 blocks from 6'6" Hermon Tesfaghebriel while 6'0" guard Andrew Wright had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals plus a pair of free throws late in the third overtime that clinched it. McCooeye added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Brown led Laurier with a career-high 27 points and 8 rebounds while 6'5" veteran Matt Walker added 21 points and 8 rebounds. 6'5" freshman Kale Harrison continued his stellar early-season play with 21 points and 6'8" sophomore Andrew Pennycook also pulled down 8 rebounds and added 7 blocked shots. Five Golden Hawks fouled out of the game.... Thanks to Laurier Assistant Mike Quigley for his game report of this exciting affair... Day 2 of the Hawk Challenge at Wilfrid Laurier University began with The Golden Hawks hosting the Bishop’s University Gaiters at 6:00 pm. By the time the game was over 3 hours later, after 3 overtime periods, 63 fouls with 6 players fouling out and a lot of very exciting basketball for the fans but probably not the coaches, Bishop’s prevailed by a 118-114 score. Laurier opened the game with a 6-0 run before the Gaiters hit the scoresheet. Gradually, Bishop’s were able to get back into the game but the Hawks held a 22-16 lead at the end of the quarter. The 2nd quarter began with the teams exchanging baskets but neither team was able to sustain any momentum. The Gaiters were able to get the Hawks into foul trouble and were in the penalty after only 2 minutes. By going 9/10 from the foul line in the quarter, Bishop’s was able to take a 42-40 lead into the dressing room at the half. The 3rd quarter saw Bishop’s open with a 14-2 run to gap the Hawks. Laurier worked their way back into the game over the middle of the quarter with a
10-3 run of their own. Again, the Gaiters success from the foul line (8/10) kept them ahead and the ended the frame up 67-56. During the 4th quarter the momentum seemed to shift as the Golden Hawks rallied from a 14 point deficit to tie the game at 76-76 with 1:14 to play. Each team had 3 or 4 more possessions as time ran down but no one was able to score the go-ahead points and the game was headed to overtime. In the 1st overtime period each team regained their scoring touch and the lead seemed to go back and forth on each possession. As time ran out and Bishop’s up by 3 points, rookie Dominique Brown was fouled shooting a 3. He calmly walked to the foul line and sank all 3 shots tying the game at 91-91 and forcing a second overtime period. In the second overtime the Hawks caught fire nailing a couple of baskets and following it up with a pair of 3's. A basket and a pair of foul shots later the Hawks held a 105-100 lead with 0:49 to go. Bishop’s would not quit though and after hitting a foul shot, they rebounded the missed second for a putback and followed it up with the tying basket with 7 seconds to go. The Hawks final attempt missed and the game was still tied at 105-105. The 3rd overtime period saw the Gaiters go on a 7-0 run to open up a lead. The Hawks replied with 6 points to cut the lead to 1 but were forced to foul to stop the clock. The Gaiters managed to hit 6/8 foul shots down the final stretch and finish the marathon game ahead 118-114. Laurier was led by rookie Dominique Brown (Woodbridge, ON) who finished with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Matthew Walker (Waterloo, ON) added 21 points and 8 boards and Kale Harrison also scored 21 points. Andrew Pennycook also pulled down 8 rebounds and added 7 blocked shots. Five Golden Hawks fouled out of the game. Bishop’s was led by Emmanuel Jr. Nicolas (Montreal, PQ) with a game high 28 points. Hermon Tesfaghebreil (Coquitlam, BC) had 26 points and 16 rebounds. Andrew Wright (Fredricton, NB) finished with 18 points, Doug McCooeye (Pointe Claire, PQ) had 17 points and 12 boards while Damon Anderson (Verdun, PQ) added 10 points. Bishop’s had 2 players foul out and went 39/51 from the foul line for the game.

Alberta (5-1) 88, Ottawa (4-2) 57 (Golden Bear Invitational at Alberta) Tournament MVP Andrew Parker had 18 points and all-star Alex Steele added 12 as the Bears rolled to the championship of their own Golden Bear Invitational with an easy victory against the Gee-Gees. After a tight first quarter, Alberta rolled to a 20 point halftime lead and cruised from there. Alberta Slams Ottawa plus Alberta/Ottawa Box Score

York (1-6) 88, Waterloo (1-5) 80 (Golden Bear Invitational at Alberta) The Lions won their first of the season against CIS competiton by knocking off the Warriors as 6'7" Matthew Terejko, being counted on as a key post player for the Lions, who lost a number of talented big men to graduation after last season, emerged with a career-high 25 points. York jumped out to a 14 point halftime lead and held on for the victory. Waterloo's 6'3" freshman wing Cam McIntyre had 21 to lead the Warriors.

Toronto (6-2) 79, Memorial (1-8) 52 (Exhibition) The Blues led 47-19 at halftime, using their entire bench, and crushed the Seahawks. 6'2" Rob Paris had 17 while 6'0" Anthony DeGiorgio had a career-high 13 points on 5-8 shooting. Toronto's 6'7" freshman forward Drazen Glisic had 10 points and 10 rebounds, both career-highs while 6'8" forward Nick Snow also added 10 for the Blues, who entertain St. FX tomorrow afternoon.

Ryerson (1-5) 83, Lethbridge (1-2) 58 The Rams won their first game against CIS competition, jumping out to a 10 point first quarter lead before pulling away with a 43-29 second half advantage at Lethbridge. Ryerson, which shot a very strong 29-35 from the foul line, was led by 6'2" Brandon Krupa with 26 points while 6'7" Boris Bakovic added 23 points on 8-10 shooting and 7 rebounds. 6'11" Igor Bakovic had 15 points/13 rebounds for Rye. Quinn Van Gaalen led the Pronghorns with 18. Ryerson/Lethbridge Box Score

Queen's (4-1) 83, UPEI (1-7) 56 (Purple & White Tournament in London, ON) The Gaels jumped out to a big early cushion with their patented three point shooting and paint-stuffing defense, leading by 38-17 at halftime and then coasted to an easy win over the Panthers. Travis Mitchell had 18 points to lead the Gaels, who went 15-34 from 3 point land and held UPEI to only 29% shooting, while 6'2" Baris Ondul added 16. 6'4" freshman Nick DiDonato again had a solid effort with 13 points while fellow freshman Tim Boyle added 10. Chad MacDonald led UPEI with 11 points. Queen's meets Western tomorrow with the winner claiming the tournament championship.

Rocky Mountain College (NAIA) 89, #9 Saskatchewan (6-2) 69 Rocky Mt. had a bust-out second half for the second consecutive day, outscoring the reeling Huskies 48-31 after the break to claim a 20 point win. 6'4" Brennan Jarrett was high man for Saskatchewan with 18 points.

Calgary 81, Whitworth College (NAIA) 74 (Exhibition)

Laurentian (1-4) 90, UNB (2-5) 89 (Laval Tournament) 6'5" Omar Linder sank 2 free throws with 2.6 sec left to allow the Voyageurs to come all the way back from a 16 point halftime deficit to provide Shawn Swords with his first victory against a CIS opponent as a Head Coach. 6'0" Cambrian transfer Mike Raskevicius led the Vees with 18 points while Linder finished with a solid 15 points/8 rebounds. 5'11" point guard Darrel Drake and 6'2" Paul Kovacs each added 15 points/9 boards for Laurentian, which stayed in the game by grabbing 20 offensive rebounds and forcing the Varsity Reds into 19 turnovers. The Reds had their three point game in gear, going 11-28 from 3 (39%) led by Colin Swift's 19 points on 5-9 shooting from downtown. 6'0" Adam Creaghan added 17 for UNB.

Guelph (4-2) 78, Dalhousie (5-2) 68 (Exhibition) The Gryphs had a solid team defensive effort in getting up by as many as 17 points in the second half to win their fourth in a row and hand the Tigers their second consecutive loss on their third and final tour of Ontario. 6'3" Nick Pankerichan had maybe his best overall game as a Gryph with 26 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds to lead Guelph while 6'4" Borko Popic added a 16 point/12 rebound double/double as well as 5 assists. 6'9" Duncan Milne, who sat out major portions of the game in foul trouble, finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds before picking up his fifth foul in the second half.

Western (4-1) 108, McGill (4-3) 105 OVERTIME (Purple & White Tournament in London, ON) 6'6" Brad Smith had another 30 point game and hit a tough three pointer late in the fourth quarter to help put the game into overtime as the Mustangs outlasted the Redmen in an offensive barnburner. McGill's 6'5" Louis-Philippe Lagredelle actually forced the overtime with a put-back tip as time was running out in regulation before Western took control in the extra frame. The Redmen had 5 critical turnovers in the extra session including 2 on their final two possessions to allow Western to win their fourth in a row while McGill has now lost 3 straight. 6'1" Matt Curtis added 19 points for the 'Stangs, who had 6 players in double figures. McGill also had 6 in double figures led by 6'6" Yannick Chouinard and 6'4" Sean Anthony each with 19 while 6'3" Moustafa El-Zanaty added 18.

Lakehead 72, Dakota State 70 Courtesy of Lakehead Sports Info... The Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s basketball team scored a win Saturday night in their second game of the Mayville State Classic Tourney when they upended the Dakota State Trojans 72-70. Lakehead is now 3-5 in non-conference play. Warren Thomas had 22 points and 10 rebounds, his second double-double in two nights. Kiraan Posey had 18 points on 6-11 shooting. Joe Backus had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Dakota State while Sean Baitinger had 21 points and 3 rebounds. Lakehead’s Thomas was fouled with .8 seconds left; and hit both free throws to seal the victory for the Wolves. Lakehead Head Coach Scott Morrison said his team played for 40 minutes. "I’m very happy today with the team effort; it was an emotional and critical game. We not only kept our cool but played tough for 40 minutes. That was what we were looking to do down here so hopefully we can finish this tour tomorrow on a winning note." Lakehead will end their three-game North Dakota tour with a game against the Jamestown College Jimmies on Sunday.

McMaster (4-2) 80, St. FX (4-3) 71 (Exhibition) The Marauders got major contributions from three newcomers to bounce the X-Men this afternoon in Hamilton, ON. 6'2" freshman Tyrell Vernon had a career-high 19 points while fellow freshman 6'7" Matt Wilusz added 17 for Mac. 6'8" Mohawk transfer Mouchtar Diaby also added 17 for the Marauders, who have won 4 in a row. Here is Dale Stevens report (thanks to him)... VERNON, WILUSZ AND DIABY LEAD MARAUDERS OVER X (Hamilton, ON) It has been said and written many times so far this CIS exhibition season: The 2007/2008 version of the McMaster University Marauders are a very young team, one that might struggle to find it's groove and identity early on, but one that will get better as the season progresses. On Saturday afternoon in the Burridge Gym, the Marauders continued their growth progression, playing better for the sixth straight game, and winning their fourth in a row, downing the perennial AUS power, the St. Francis Xavier X-Men 80-71. With the victory, the Maroon and Grey improve to 4-2 in non-conference play, while St. FX drops to 4-3. Being a young team means contributions will be necessary from young players. Saturday was no exception. With only one 4th year player in uniform, Mac relies a lot on youth. Guard Tyrell Vernon (Hamilton, ON) was a much sought after recruit, and his game has elevated more each time he has stepped on the floor. On this day, he ran the offense like a 5th year senior. But he had lots of help, mostly in the form of fellow freshman Matt Wilusz (Hamilton, ON), whose scoring touch and athleticism has brought early season rave reviews, including a CIS coach in the crowd, who marvelled at his abilities. Add in the wide body of centre Mouctar Diaby (Hamilton, ON), who is playing his first season in the CIS. Diaby has a soft touch in the paint, is very strong, and has the ability to move very well inside. Playing St. Francis Xavier means playing a quick, very athletic squad. Early on, the visitors showed their speed, jumping out to an early 12-6 lead. The Marauders took a timeout to regroup, and it helped, as they scored the final six points of the first quarter, to knot the score 12-12 after 10 minutes. X again took the upper hand, moving ahead 22-16, before McMaster came back to tie it again. At the half, the X-Men went to the locker room with a 31-28 advantage. Down 34-32 three minutes into the second half, Wilusz knocked down his third three-point shot of the game, giving the Maroon and Grey their first lead of the contest, 35-34. Ahead 46-42, it was Diaby's turn to take over on the offensive end for Mac. The big man scored the next eight Marauder points, giving the home side a 54-48 lead after 30 minutes. From there, Vernon and teammates put the game away. Mac led by as many as 15 points in the 4th quarter, before settling for the nine point win. Vernon paced the Marauders with 19 points. He was calm running the offense, and his confidence rubbed off on his teammates, who were able to withstand the expected X charge down the stretch. Wilusz and Diaby each contributed 17 points and 6 rebounds. Centre Geoff McLaughlin (Oakville, ON) and guard Aminu Bello (Hamilton, ON) tallied 8 points apiece. For St. FX, junior guard Tyler Richards (Halifax, NS) showed why he was a first team AUS All-Star a year ago, and and All Canadian candidate this year. His smooth stroke enabled him to score 19 points. Sophomore Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw, the AUS Rookie of the Year in 2006/2007, also tallied 19 points. Brazilian import Luiz Islam Toledo had a 15 point, 13 rebound double-double. The Marauders conclude their weekend set against AUS opponents at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, when they host the 5-3 Dalhousie University Tigers. The Tigers, who have dropped contests to the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph on this Ontario swing, are led by stellar guard Simon Farine (Toronto, ON). X travels down the QEW to conclude their Ontario trip against the U of T Varsity Blues.

Also, Ron Rauch's article in this morning's Victoria Times-Colonist on Mitch Gudgeon's career-high 34 points in UVic's win over Simon Fraser last night Vikes men open with a bang plus yesterday's article previewing the game which we missed Vikes Rebuilding

St. Catharines Standard piece on the Brock Badgers highlighting their recent inability to make shots Badgers shooting woes continue

Billings Gazette article on Rocky Mountain College's win over Ryerson last night Sukut scores 28 in Rocky win

Alex Steele scored 26 as Alberta defeated York in a later game last night at Golden Bear Invitational. York's Tut Ruach went off for 24 points including 6 for 7 from the three point line. Here is an update from U of A web site Bears defeat Lions plus Alberta/York Box Score

SATURDAY'S PREVIEW... A number of interesting matchups today and tonight in the CIS, beginning with #4 UBC visiting Burnaby to face Simon Fraser Clan. Despite a 1-3 start vs. CIS teams in the pre-season and last night's season-opening loss at Victoria, the Clan is a veteran group with big guards which some observers predict will push the T-Birds for top spot in Canada West Pacific. UBC opened the CIS season with a 30 point win over Trinity Western at home on Thursday night. The game is available on two seperate radio networks (see below). Other intriguing matchups include #2 Windsor vs. #7 Cape Breton at the Hawk Invitational in Waterloo at Wilfred Laurier University. The Capers remained unbeaten with a three point win over Laurier last night while the Lancers had a comfortable win against an underrated Bishop's Gaiters team. In Quebec City, Laval Rouge et Or hosts #5 St. Mary's Huskies, who have won 6 in a row after opening with a loss to #6 Acadia three weeks ago. Laval is also tough at home and is coming off a route of Laurentian led by their All-Canadian candidate J.P. Morin. Two other games of note include McGill facing Western at Alumni Hall in London, ON on the second day of the Purple & White tournament and Ottawa visiting Alberta in Edmonton. All four teams should compete at or near the top of their conferences this season, although McGill has lost two in a row after winning their first four and the Gee-Gees were defeated in overtime in Alberta by Waterloo last night.

Sat., Oct. 27 CIS Tournament & Exhibition Schedule
1 PM Regina vs. University of Great Falls (NAIA) at MSU-Northern Classic (Havre, Montana)

9 PM Mayville State vs. Brandon

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