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With double digit scoring by five University of Saskatchewan men’s basketball players, the Huskies defeated the visiting University of Fraser Valley Cascades 100-89 Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.

Michael Lieffers finished with 25 points, followed by Jamelle Barrett with 21, Duncan Jones with 16, Nolan Brudehl at 14 and Rejean Chabot at 13. Together the Huskies shot at 56.5% in the game. Lieffers also added a game-high 17 rebounds. Burdehl chipped in another 11 off the boards.

With the win, the Huskies move to 3-2 on the season, while the Cascades, who were playing in just their third Canada West game in the 2010-11 season, drop to 2-1.

Ryan Fahandeg led the Cascades with 26 points followed by Sheldon Bjorgaard at 14. Zeon Gray chipped in 13, while Joel Friesen and James Elliott each had 12.  Fahandeg went six-for-nine from the three-point line.

Led by Lieffers with 10 points to open the game, the Huskies jumped in front of the Cascades 30-22 after one quarter. But the Cascades made a big push in the second quarter to close the eight-point gap. Fahandeg scored 17 points – hitting four three-point shots – to bring the Cascades into the 49-48 lead.

Saskatchewan quickly took back the lead with a jump shot by Lieffers to start the third quarter and held it for the remainder of the quarter. A Barrett jump shot half way through the third frame, made the Huskies lead 11. Once again Fraser Valley was able to pull the game back within reach at four points with just seconds left. Chabot hit a shot from the top of the key to make it a six point, 75-69 lead heading into the final quarter.

Barrett opened the quarter for the Huskies with a three-point shot but right away Fraser Valley answered back with another Fahandeg three point shot to bring the game to 78-74. It was as close as the Cascades could get in the quarter.

The Huskies also defeated the Cascades on the boards, nabbing 46 rebounds to the Cascades 23.

The two teams will meet again Sunday night. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. at the PAC.

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