Sunday, 15 January 2012

Laurier earns split

The Hawks come up with a much-needed split to stay in the race for first place, holding on for a 92-89 win over Lakehead in the second of two at Laurier.  Lakehead owns the tiebreaker between the two by virtue of their five point win on Friday night.  Plenty of fireworks again last night as, with Laurier up 3 with the ball and under 2 seconds remaining, T-Wolves 6'2" Venzal Russell stole the in-bounds pass but a buzzer-beating 3 point attempt rimmed out.

Lakehead basketball blog reports "Costly turnovers including a "3 in the key" call with 1:35 remaining in the game did not help the Thunderwolves cause".  Laurier was led by Kale Harrison who had 19 points and 6 rebounds and received a big game off the bench from 6'5" lefty Conor Meschino, who had 16 points on 4-8 shooting, most of which came in the third quarter when Lakehead was making a run.  6'5" post Matt Buckley added his second double-double of the regular season. 

6'0" guard Marcel Hyde was also instrumental for Laurier with 7 points off the bench, all in the fourth quarter.  Laurier welcomed back 6'3" Jamar Forde after almost 3 months out with an injury (did not play in Friday's game) and he sparked Hawks bench also with 6 points in 14 minutes.

Lakehead had 6 players in double figures led by Ryan Thomson who had 19 ponts and 11 rebounds and 0 turnovers in 36 minutes of action. Greg Carter, who was banged up in Friday's win, toughed out 34 minutes adding 12 points 6 assists and 3 steals. Ben Johnson had 18 points on 5-10 shooting.

From a team perspective WLU won the valuable rebound battle grabbing 13 rebounds on 36 misses while LU grabbed 12 on 39 misses. Turnovers were also key as LU had 15 to WLU's 11.

Coach Morrison on the Loss.
Credit to Laurier - I thought our defence was actually better tonight but guys like Coulthard and Buckley hit timely shots late in the shot clock with hands in their faces. I was disappointed with our turnovers and poor finishing in the fourth quarter - better execution might have got us over the hump. No time to reflect on this weekend with a tough opponent like McMaster coming to the Thunderdome next weekend.

Laurier will now head out on the road for three straight games and will take on the Guelph Gryphons Wednesday night. 

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