Saturday, 9 February 2008

OUA West: Mac, Windsor & Western grab wins

Brock 75, Lakehead 73 5'10" Brad Rootes made sure that Lakehead would not come back for a second night with a big 3 and then a driving layup when it counted to allow Brock to sweep the weekend series and give Head Coach Ken Murray his 500th career win as a CIS coach. The Badgers also got a sterling effort from 6'8" Mike Muir who had 22 points (19 in the first half). Brock led comfortably before the T-Wolves went on a 12-2 run late in the second quarter to grab a 38-36 lead but the Badgers scored the final 5 points of the half including a three by Mike Kemp to lead by 3 at the break. Brock then jumped out to a 9-2 run to grab an early 10 point lead in the third quarter behind 8 points from 6'7" Owen White. But Lakehead hung tough with their solid array of athletic scorers including 6'4" Kiraan Posey and 6'3" Matthew Powell.

McMaster 68, Guelph 60 Back-to-back threes by 6'1" Amino Bello ignited a game-deciding 19-1 late third quarter run as the Marauders erased an 8 point deficit to win an important home game and leapfrog into fifth place in the OUA West. Bello, who finished 4 for 5 from downtown, went down with an injury shortly after his bombs from beyond the arc but 6'8" Mouchtar Diaby picked up the slack with 5 straight points and 6'9" Terry Licorish added a 3 point play to put Mac up by 10 after three. 6'3" Jonathan Moscatelli led Guelph with 15 points while 6'3" Nick Pankerichan added 13 as the Gryphons dropped to fourth place in the West, losing a game that could be a first round playoff preview. Greg Layson of Big Man on Campus provides his view of today's game and who may have affected the result

Windsor 67, Laurier 61 6'8" Greg Surmacz continued to build a strong case for OUA West MVP honours, finishing with 26 points on 10-15 shooting as the Lancers overcame another strong effort by the Hawks in Waterloo. With the score tied at halftime, the Lancers pulled away in the second half. 6'5" freshman Kale Harrison had a 12-point, 11-rebound double double for Laurier.

Western 89, Waterloo 81 The Mustangs broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter as 6'5" Andrew Wedemire had 16 points and 9 rebounds. U.S. import 6'3" Alex Brzozowicz had a career high 21 points on 5-8 3's to lead Western, which overcame a tremendous 6-9 from downtown effort from Dan White, who led all scorers with 22 points. The Warriors were officially eliminated from the playoffs with the loss.

Windsor 15-4
Brock 13-6
Western 11-8
Guelph 10-9
McMaster 8-10
Laurier 8-11
Lakehead 8-12
Waterloo 4-15

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