The 'Wolves held a lead for most of the game but could not pull away as Bishop's mixture of aggressive ball pressure and transition offense kept them close until a 24-14 3rd quarter gave Lakehead a bit of breathing room.
The Thunderwolves were led by Ryan Thomson and Ben Johnson who dropped 15 a piece followed closely by Venzal Russell who had his best game of the tournament with 14 points on 6-9 shooting. Greg Carter had 9 points on 4-4 shooting adding 5 rebounds and 5 steals.
Bishop's was led by Tim Hunter and Mukiya Post who each dropped 17 points with Onnex Blackwood adding 11.
AS a team Lakehead had 25 turnovers to Bishop's 23. Lakehead shot 60.8% for the game overall to Bishop's 46.6%.
The win completes Lakehead's 2011-12 non-conference portion of the schedule. The team finishes a perfect 11-0 (9-0 in CIS) including wins in 4 different provinces and two states.
Coach Morrison on the Win:
Bishop's made things very uncomfortable for us in the half-court with their pressure defense and then really hurt us in transition. This weekend has been good from the sense that we were able to get the job done against three tough opponents but it has also showed us what our top priorities for improvement are starting on Monday.
The OUA West season opens next weekend as the 'Wolves welcome the Western Mustangs to the Thunderdome. Stay tuned for game previews and webcast info.