Friday, 21 January 2011

Lakehead 78, McMaster 76

6'6" Yoosrie Salhia's "and 1" with 10 seconds remaining at the very end of the shot clock lifted the Wolves to an important road win, handing McMaster their first loss against OUA West competition.  Salhia's score broke a 72-72, erasing a McMaster comeback but the Marauders had one more chance as Salhia missed the ensuing free throw after being fouled by Matt Willusz.  Later, 6'5" Scott Laws missed 2 free throws with 2 seconds remaining that could have tied the game for Mac.

The Marauders trailed by 8 early in the fourth after a conventional 3 point play by 6'2" Jamie Searle, who led all scorers with 29 points including 13 in the fourth quarter when he went head-to-head with 6'0" freshman Kyle Giedriatis from the 3 point line, with Giedriatis shooting Mac back in the game with 3 straight bombs from downtown but Searle was equal to it with a pair of 3's between the freshman's run and Searle culminated his tremendous evening with a jumper that gave Lakehead a 4 point lead with just over a minute to play.  But Jordan Tew and Laws made back to back scores, with Laws (team-high 19 points) tying it with 34 seconds left, setting up Salhia's heroics.

The teams meet again tomorrow night in Hamilton.

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