Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lakehead Sweeps McMaster with 91-71 Victory

Despite another terrible start to the game (this time McMaster went up 10-0), the #2 ranked Lakehead Thunderwolves picked up their defense and ball control starting in the second quarter and would battle back into the game at the half before taking over in the decisive 3rd quarter.

Victor Raso and Cam Michaud each went 2-3 from long range in the first half to lead McMaster to a 41-38 half-time advantage. 8 first quarter turnovers did not help LU's cause in the opening segment and neither did getting out-rebounded 7-5 on the offensive glass.

However the third quarter was a different story as Lakehead's turnovers became assists and their defensive pressure began to wear on the Marauders forcing 17 turnovers in the game. The second half glass was won by Lakehead to the tune of 11-3 on the O boards (16-10 for the game). LU's scorers also heated up as Venzal Russell slashed his way to 28 points and 7 assists and his second consecutive game with 5 steals. Ryan Thomson also broke a short shooting slump going 5-6 from long range adding 6 rebounds to his 18 points. Greg Carter did not finish as well tonight but still had 9 assists and 3 steals to only 1 turnover in 30 minutes. Ben Johnson hit 4-6 from three point range as well for 17 points and 5 assists.

Coach Morrison on the win:
I was pleased with our effort for 3 quarters tonight. We did a better job on the glass and moved the ball more effectively on offense. Our slow starts are a concern and I have challenged the team to get themselve more focused and ready to play for tip-off next week. Time to focus our efforts towards Windsor who is the hottest team in the OUA right now and will present many new challenges for us to prepare.

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