Ottawa exploded for a 22-8 3rd quarter to take 5 point 3rd quarter lead before extending that lead to 9 with five minutes to go in the game. In the stretch run Lakehead found the range from 3pt land hitting 4 threes in the final 4 minutes including 3 from Jamie Searle (5th yr Belleville, ON) who led all scorers with 20 on 5-11 3pt shooting. Searle also had a season high 6 rebounds and career high 5 steals. Brendan King had 17 points and 7 rebounds (3 offensive) and went 2-3 from downtown in 33 minutes of play.
Warren Ward fended off the Lakehead ball pressure to hit for 18 on 8-20 shooting adding 6 rebounds. Louis Gauthier was a tough match-up all night for L.U. and finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead all players on the glass.
Neither team lit it up from the FT line as Lakehead went 8-14 to Ottawa's 4-11.
"We were extremely fortunate to escape with a win tonight. We had trouble matching up with Ottawa all game long and were lucky to get hot in the 4th quarter and come out on top. I thought we were sloppy on the offensive end for much of the game and we got beat down the court in transition for much of the second half which put our defense on its heels for many possessions. At the end of the day we'll take a hard fought W and move forward to our final game of the semester tomorrow night at #1 Carleton."
The coaching staff would like to invite all former players, alumni, friends and family of "Thunderwolves Nation" to the Royal Oak on Kent and Slater after the game tomorrow night for a Back Court Club Social (Ottawa Version!).