Thursday, 14 October 2010

Early Thursday Scores: Western smacks MUN and Dal rips Lakehead

Western 82 Memorial 59  The Mustangs dominated the paint, jumping out to an early 12 point lead and cruising to the easy win at home against Memorial Sea-hawks.  Mustangs outscored Memorial 12-2 inside in the first quarter and 40-16 overall in the game, building a 24-12 lead after one.  Western also got after it on the offensive glass with 21 second chance points using a size and strength advantage to win their first game of CIS pre-season.  The Hawks needed a jumping underhand buzzer beating three from Tyree Haley to keep the game within 15 at 39-24 by halftime.  The 'Stangs, who led by 20 after three quarters, played their entire bench liberally in the second half and got 18 points from fourth year guard Ryan Barbeau, who added 4 assists.  Freshman Quinn Henderson (Dundas, ON) added 15 points including several 3 and added 8 rebounds for Western (1-0 vs. CIS).   Western will continue their preseason this Saturday as they take on Algoma University at 4 p.m. in Thames Hall.   The Sea-hawks will participate in the Naismith Tournament at Waterloo tomorrow through Sunday.

Dalhousie 84, Lakehead 75  Jumping out to a 17 point halftime lead, the hometown Tigers handed Lakehead (4-2) their second loss of the season.  6'9" Joe Schow had a game-high with 24 points, 20 in the first half (9 for 9 shooting) and 11 rebounds, authoring a dominating effort inside while 6'3" newcomer Juleous Grant added 20 points on 7-14 shooting to lead the Tigers to a victory in their opener.
Lakehead, playing their fourth game of a six-game AUS road trip, came to within eight at 60-52 early in the fourth but then Grant took over, hitting 3 tough baskets to rebuild the Tigers comfortable lead.  6'5" William Yengue added 14 points and 4 rebounds in 16 minutes.

Venzal Russell had 18, Ryan Thomson 12 and Matthew Schmidt 10 for Lakehead, which shot 11-30 from three point range to Dalhousie's 4-9. However the story for the second straight game was Lakehead's inability to cut down on deep penetration leading to opponent's free throws. Dalhousie was 18-40 from the FT line to Lakehead's 4-11. In two losses on this trip L.U. has been out shot 58-90 to 15-31 from the FT line.

"Credit to a strong Dalhousie team that came out firing on all cylinders and caught us flat footed in the first quarter. We are getting fouls too far away from the basket that is resulting in early bonus situations for the opponent. We have to do a better job keeping our hands off and moving our feet to make the opponent's shots a little tougher than free throws."

"Dalhousie offers a very tough back-court matchup. With Farine and Grant, a top player is always drawing a team's 2nd or 3rd best defender making them tough to match up with. With such a great back court it will be very tough to beat Dal when they have their bigs playing well as they did tonight."

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