Saturday, 5 January 2008

Saturday's afternoon action: Hawks Battle to upend Marauders

Laurier (4-5) 86, McMaster (4-5) 80 One of the knocks on the Laurier Golden Hawks in the early season has been an inability to physically compete consistently when it matters. The Hawks did their best to dispell that notion this afternoon with an energized effort against Mac in which they took a double digit lead into halftime and then parlayed solid free throw shooting and offensive execution to hold on for a big win. Once again, 6'5" freshman Kale Harrison (pictured) was the difference, scoring 17 of his game-high 24 points in the first half as the Marauders ran multiple defenders at him to no avail. Harrison continues to play with confidence of a more senior player and worked hard on the glass to grab 11 boards and added 5 blocked shots. The Marauders are still finding their way with their newest addition, 6'9" Terry Licorish, who continues to round into playing form but showed signs that he could dominate inside. Licorish, who played with his shooting hand taped up, had 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in 17 minutes and observers commented that once he gets into the flow, he will be a major factor for the Marauders. Fellow forward 6'7" Mouchtar Diaby led the way for Mac with 22 points and 6 boards. The Hawks produced an excellent first half defensive effort, finding shooters well in transition and doing a tremendous job on the glass: Laurier outrebounded Mac 47-34 and grabbed 22 offensive rebounds. In a physical game in which 60 fouls were called, the Hawks were able to make their free throws down the stretch including 6'5" Matthew Walker, who seems to have solid games at home against Mac, going 6 for 6 at the line in the fourth quarter, part of his 23 point, 7 rebound effort. 6'8" Andrew Pennycook stood up to the Marauders physicality with 11 points and 11 boards in 30 minutes. Mac, which got the game as close as 4 in the fourth quarter, also got a great effort from 6'1" Jermaine DeCosta, who finished wiht 20 points. Laurier's 6'0" freshman point guard Austin Walsh, a Hamilton native, came off the bench to finish the game for starting point Jesse MacDonald who fouled out and was steady although he did commit 6 turnovers. Mac travels to Guelph on Wednesday for their next action while the Hawks welcome Lakehead for a pair of games next weekend.

St. Mary's (5-3) 103, Memorial (0-7) 66 The Huskies recovered from a sluggish start and ended up empty their bench early in defeating the winless Seahawks. MUN actually got up 7-1 early and led by two at 21-19 after one quarter. But the Huskies turned up their efforts guarding the ball and shared the ball effectively (33 assists on 43 field goals overall) to lead by 13 at haltime and then win going away. Regular starters like 6'2" Mark McLaughlin, 6'1" Shane Morrison and 6'5" Aaron Duncan each played fewer than 20 minutes, instead defering to 6'5" Ike Uchegbu who has a season-high 22 points on 10-11 shooting as well as 5'10" freshman Jazzman Cain, who had 17. Duncan added 12 for St. Mary's while 6'5" Derrick Coleman shook off a mediocre effort on Friday night when he went 0-7 with 12 points. Seahawks 6'0" freshman Jeremy Fiest, a native of Halifax, made his first return to Halifax reasonably memorable with 14 points and 4 assists to highlight the MUN effort. St. Mary's now looks forward to facing cross-town rivals Dalhousie Tigers next Saturday at Dalplex.

Cape Breton (7-1) 91, UNB (0-8) 61 The Capers created 24 turnovers and had 5 players in double figures in dominating the Varsity Reds. 6'1" Mark McGarrigle went 3 for 7 from downtown and had 13 points while 6'5" Eric Breland had a 14 point/10 rebound double double. Colin Swift led all scorers with 23 points for UNB, which kept things reasonable by going 12 for 23 from downtown.

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