Thursday, 1 November 2007

Opalko's Dramatic Three at Buzzer Lifts Wesmen

Winnipeg (1-0 Canada West) 73, Manitoba (0-1 Canada West) 72 DUCKWORTH CHALLENGE Courtesy of Winnipeg Sports Information... Fifth year forward Matt Opalko drained the game winning three pointer at the buzzer to give the Wesmen a dramatic one-point victory over the Bisons in front of 1,529 spectators at the Duckworth Centre. The Wesmen scored the last 7 points of the game as the Bisons blew a 72-66 lead with just over one minute remaining. 5'9" fifth year guard Erfan Nasajpour had a team high 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Isaac Ansah led Manitoba with a game high 28 points. The Bisons controlled the play in the first half leading 18-9 after the opening quarter and going to the locker room at halftime with a 36-28 lead. Winnipeg went a 9-2 run to open up the second half and cut the Bison lead to a single point at 38-37. Later in the third quarter Ansah and Darcy Coss, who finished with 19 points including five-three pointers drained back-to-back three pointers to lift manitoba to a 57-52 lead after three quarters. In the fourth quarter Winnipeg fought back only to see Manitoba answer them back with a basket of their own. The Wesmen were able to grab their first lead of the game (63-62) on a Nasajpour three pointer midway thru the quarter. Coss and Ansah gave Manitoba a six point lead at 72-66 with just over a minute to play only to see the Wesmen storm back with baskets from Nick Lother and Michael Passley's big two pointer with 26 seconds left in the game to set things up for Opalko's big game winning shot. Nick Lother scored 14 points for the Wesmen, Opalko finished with 12 points. Nasajpour was named the Duckworth Challenge MVP for the Wesmen, and Ansah was named the MVP for the Bisons. The two teams will meet on Saturday night at the University of Manitoba. Game time is 8:15 p.m.

Late scores from CIS vs. NCAA games in the U.S.

Weber State Wildcats 77, Laval 55 Les Rouge et Or were in the game down only 8 at halftime but allowed the Wildcats to shoot 76.2% (16 for 21) from the field in the second half to lose by 22 before 1,264 fans in Ogden, Utah. Conversely, Laval was able to shoot only 32% for the game including only 29% in the second half, staying in it by going 7 for 20 from 3. Les Rouge et Or were outscored 38 to 8 in the paint. 6'7" J.P. Morin had 17 points and 5 rebounds while 6'4" Jerome Turcotte added 13 points/7 rebounds but had 8 turnovers. Laval meets Brigham Young Cougars tonight in Provo, Utah. Weber State defeats Rouge et Or

Colorado Buffaloes 70, Brock 56 The Badgers looked to pull off another victory in the U.S. against an NCAA Division 1 team after leading by 2 at halftime but shot only 3 for 12 from 3 point land in losing by 14 to the Buffaloes in front of 2,722 fans in Boulder. 5'10" point guard Brad Rootes had 14 points and 7 assists to lead Brock. Game report/Box Score from Shawn Whiteley at Brock

UNC-Wilmington 108, Ottawa 58 The Gee-Gees were pounded by 50 for the second straight night in North Carolina as the Seahawks broke an early 10-10 tie with a 30-9 run and later built a 29 point halftime lead. Ottawa played the Seahawks relatively even for the first 10 minutes of the second half and got back to within 29 at 78-49 on a jumper by 6'3" Sean Peter but Wilmington ended the game on a 30-9 run against the end of the Ottawa bench for the final margin. Peter had 14 points to lead Ottawa while 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe added 14 points, making all 3 of his three-point shots. 6'9" Dax Dessureault added 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists. Dominique Lacy led the Seahawks, who shot a blistering 9-13 (69.2%) from 3 in the first half, with 19 points while a pair of Canadians, 6'10" Vlad Kuljanin (13 points, 5 assists) and 6'0" Marlo Davis (4 points, 6 assists, 1-6 shooting) also contributed to the victory for UNC-Wilmington. Ottawa ends their mini-tour of North Carolina going 0-2, losing both by decisive margins and were never really in either game almost from the beginning. The Gee-Gees open their regular season with a pair of road games next weekend beginning Friday in Thunder Bay against the Lakehead Thunderwolves and then Saturday at McMaster in Hamilton. UNC-Wilmington/Ottawa Game Details

UQAM 116, University of Maine at Presque Isle (NCAA Division III) 65 The Citadins used their entire bench for long stretches to pound the Owls. UQAM was originally scheduled to face University of Maine Black Bears (NCAA Division 1) but the game was cancelled. UQAM faces UNB tomorrow night in Fredericton in a game which begins at 7 PM Eastern time.

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