Friday, February 17, 2012

Lakehead Wins Opener vs Guelph 100-78

Dressing only 10 healthy players, the Lakehead Thunderwolves used a quick 26-9 first quarter start to help alleviate some 2nd quarter foul trouble and hold on for a 49-36 half-time lead.
The third quarter started in similar fashion with LU jumping out to a 29 point lead at the end of the third. However just as they did in the 2nd quarter, Guelph started the 4th on a 9-0 run and remained close until the final few minutes.

Lakehead received strong performances from their starting front court tonight as Ryan Thomson led the team with 24 points and 9 rebounds on 10-17 shooting. Matthew Schmidt was 13 points, 7 rebounds on 5-7 shooting and swingman Venzal Russell hit for 22 points on 10-13 shooting. Ben Johnson was also in double figures for the 'Wolves with 12 and 3 assists in 31 minutes.

Kareem Malcolm led Guelph with 21 on 8-11 shooting adding 3 assists and 0 turnovers in 34 minutes. Zach Angus had 11 and Dan McCarthy with 12 were the other double-digit scorers.

Coach Morrison on the win:
We were fortunate to have such great starts in the first and third quarters because Guelph really outplayed us in the 2nd and 4th. With only 10 bodies eligible to play we can't afford to anyone in the lineup not ready to contribute - I thought tonight we let our intensity drop when we went deeper into the bench and that is something we can fix right away tomorrow in addition to doing a better job on our defensive rotations to Guelph's shooters.

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