Lakehead found some holes in the big team's defense but could not sustain a long enough run to get back in the game. Down 6 with under 5 minutes to go, Lakehead looked on the verge of making one of its patented 4th quarter come-backs, however Jacob Doerksen, a 1st team all-Canadian, played big when it counted grabbing two offensive rebounds for scores as LU after tough defensive stands for Lakehead. With Doerksen's late second chances LU was forced to foul down the stretch and TWU made their free throws going 17-23 for the game.
Ryan Thomson (2nd year Oakville) led the Thunderwolves with 18 points on 7-14 shooting while Jamie Searle had 15 and 6 rebounds. Venzal Russell and Greg Carter were also in double-digits for LU.
TWU rode their all-Canadian Doerksen to the tune of 20 points and 9 rebounds in 39+ minutes with Kyle Coston getting player of the game for his 20 point 11 rebound double-double (9-9 Ft).
"Obviously it was a tough loss for us in a game that we felt we had prepared well for. I was not happy with our attitude to start the game as we forgot our gameplan on both ends and played desperate; despite the fact it was only the first quarter. We had our normal good effort once we settled down, but a big deficit is hard to overcome in the metro centre against one of the best and biggest teams in the CIS."
- Coach Morrison
Lakehead plays Acadia in the consolation round tomorrow at 12pm.
"While we cannot reach our ultimate goal of winning a CIS title this weekend, we are already looking towards Acadia and hoping to break into the win column and exact some revenge for a pre-season loss at Wolfville."
Thanks to all the Lakehead fans who made their presence known tonight, we'll try to get one for you tomorrow afternoon.