Saturday, January 7, 2012

OUA West Tonight: Windsor , Guelph ; T-Wolves hang on

Windsor 70, Guelph 59  6'0" Josh Collins was a difference maker down the stretch once again and the Lancers got a very strong effort from 6'8" Ryan Christie at both ends of the floor in holding off the scrappy, tough Gryphons.  Christie was a factor on the defensive glass and got loose inside for some big finishes while Collins controlled the game offensively.  The Gryphs had it back to a three point game at 55-52 with just over 4 minutes to play and 6'1" Kareem Malcolm had a nice look at a game-tying three from the left baseline but the shot came off.  Collins and 6'8" Lien Phillip then went to work and the Lancers were able to make their free-throws down the stretch to move to 7-3 on the season.

Lakehead 87, Western 66   After an easy win over the Mustangs on Friday, the Thunderwolves came out sluggish and were inconsistent all night but were able to hang on for the victory, finishing the game on a 19-7 run after 'Stangs cut a 20 point lead to 9 with about 6 minutes left.  The Mustangs jumped out to a 9-1 lead off the opening tip and kept the pressure on Lakehead throughout the first half, trailing by 4 at 36-32 at halftime capped by Lakehead's 6'5" Ryan Thomson,who went full-court then behind-the-back before nailing a long three that just beat the second quarter buzzer.  Lakehead burst out of the gate in the third, building leads as large as 20 late in the third and the route appeared to be on.  But Mustangs excellent 6'5" second year wing Peter Scholtes (26 points - unofficial) led a Mustang 13-2 run that got the game back to 9 before Lakehead pulled away in the final 5 minutes for the weekend sweep.  6'2" Joseph Jones had a big first half for Lakehead but hurt himself late in the second.  Lakehead now readies for Laurier in a OUA West first place showdown in Kitchener-Waterloo.

OUA West Standings
Laurier 9-1
Lakehead 9-1
McMaster 8-2
Windsor 7-3
Brock 7-3
Guelph 5-5
Waterloo 4-6
Western 3-7

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