Two early fouls on 5th year guard Jamie Searle and a sloppy start from fellow starters Greg Carter, Yoos Salhia and Ryan Thomson led the 'Wolves to go to the bench early and were rewarded with some strong efforts from the second string. Lakehead's bench went for 18 first half points and 35 for the game. Nathan Wainwright (1st year, Kapuskasing, ON) went 2-4 from downtown in Searle's absence in essentially his first OUA action. Matthew Schmidt had 11 off the bench for the game.
The story of the second half was junior Greg Carter (Ottawa) who led the team with 15 points (10 in second half) shooting 6-7 from the free throw line down the stretch. Carter added 5 assists to 1 turnover and hit a big three late in the game. Carter also did a solid job on all-star Ryan Barbeau holding the Belleville product to 2 points in 27 minutes of play. Venzal Russell added 13 and 6 rebounds and Yoosrie Salhia led all players with 9 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Freshman Peter Scholtes was a force for the purple and white as he led all scorers with 18 adding 4 offensive rebounds. Marcus Barnett added 14 shooting a perfect 6-6 from the field. 5th year guard Brett Lawrence had 10.
IN the game, both teams were just about 52% from the field and each had 15 turnovers. Lakehead will have to improve its free throw shooting (13-25) and continue to knock down open looks from 3 pt land (10-22). Venzal Russell sprained his ankle late in the 4th and will be questionable for tomorrow's game.
"This was not the prettiest win but still a win that we are happy to get. Western is banged up and gave a great effort tonight to outplay us for much of the game. We have to do a better job on D and take more care with our offensive possessions to play a more efficient game tomorrow night and work to finish the regular season on a winning note."
- Coach Scott Morrison