Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Brock 69, St. Mary's 67

Brock escapes with 69-67 victory over St. Mary's (from gobadgers.ca web site)


ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University men's basketball team (2-4 overall) held on to defeat the St. Mary's Huskies by the score of 69-67 Monday night at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.

The Badgers led 44-28 at the half after shooting 45% from the field including 6-for-9 (66.7%) from beyond the arc.

In the third quarter, the Huskies would double up on the Badgers outscoring them 24-12 which included a late run to bring it within four points 56-52 after 30 minutes.

To open the fourth quarter, St. Mary's would go on a 8-2 run to take their first lead 60-58 which included Joey Haywood knocking down all three free throws after being fouled by the Badgers Vauhn Williams outside the arc.

With the Badgers trailing 67-66, sophomore Mark Gibson (Toronto, Ont.) would get a nice roll off the rim to give Brock a 68-67 lead with 27 seconds remaining. Next possession St. Mary's Mike Poole would get an open look from beyond the arc with six seconds left which would not fall. St. Mary's would foul sophomore Didi Mukendi (St. Catharines, Ont.) right away who would then go just 1-for-2 from the charity stripe to put the Badgers up 69-67 with 4.2 seconds left in regulation. With the ball at half-court the Huskies would have another chance to win but Mark McLaughlin's field goal would come up short as the Badgers escaped with the victory.

Brock had three players in double figures led by freshman Clinton Springer-Williams (London, Ont.) who recorded 14 points and five rebounds. Mukendi contributed with 12 points and six assists while freshman Brian Nahimana (London, Ont.) added a career high 11 points including a clutch three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.

For the Huskies, Haywood led the way with 18 points and five assists. Demitri Harris added 12 points while Ryan DeWinter rounded out the Huskies leaders finishing with 11 points in the loss.

The Badgers next action is this Friday, October 30th when they travel to Buffalo to take on Medaille College. They end their non-conference schedule at home Saturday, October 31st at 2pm when they host the Ryerson Rams.

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