Saturday, 31 October 2009

McMaster 71, Wagner 61

The Marauders clamped down defensively, building leads as large as 19 in the second half and 6'6" Keenan Jeppesen made several big shots including a pair down the stretch when Wagner made their final run to cut it to 5 as McMaster came up with a big road win at Wagner College, a U.S. NCAA Division 1 school in Staten Island, New York. Jeppesen went 11-18 from the floor for a game-high 31 points and added 11 rebounds in a dominant effort but according to Marauder Head Coach Joe Raso "we did a tremendous job defensively and our bench was great, especially after Jermaine (DeCosta) and Ryan (Christie) went to the bench early with fouls. Keenan was also super." Scott Laws was also key for Mac scoring all 12 of his points in the second half, many on tough finishes while the aforementioned bench was led by 6'3" freshman Victor Raso and 6'7" Matt Wilusz. The Marauders used a smaller lineup in spurts and Raso was especially happy with "how well we passed the ball today". Christie overcame foul trouble to finish with 9 points and 10 rebounds while 6'2" Tyrell Vernon was very active with 7 points and 9 rebounds. Mac led 29-24 at the half and forced 21 Wagner turnovers. Toronto native Tyler Murray, a graduate of Eastern Commerce, had 7 points and 6 rebounds in a starting role for the Seahawks, members of the Northeast Conference.

Story from Wagner men's basketball site

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