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VICTORIA STEALS VICTORY FROM HUSKIES2010-10-30

By Jordan Hartshorn
A well-balanced attack was enough for the Victoria Vikes to steal a victory on the road.

Coming off a 95-81 los to the Saskatchewan Huskies the night before, the Vikes caught the Huskies flat-footed Saturday night enroute to a 78-67 win over the defending national champions.

Ryan MacKinnon led the Vikes in scoring with 16 points while Pierce Anderson had 12 and Jeff Spoor added 10. Jamelle Barrett did a bulk of the work for the Huskies, scoring 29. Rejean Chabot had 14.

The win bumps the Vikes to 2-2 on the season. Saskatchewan is 2-2 as well.

Huskie Athletics toasted the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship squad with a 40-minute ceremony before Saturday’s contest.

Neither team could muster much offence throughout the night. In a listless first quarter, both squads only managed to score 13 points apiece. Saskatchewan’s first basket did not come until the 6:03 mark courtesy of a Jamelle Barrett lay-in.

Victoria was able to keep the Huskies out of arms reach thanks to their long-distance shooting and bench support. While the Vikes dropped eight three-pointers and fired at a 42.1 per cent clip, the Huskies were an unfortunate 2-17. The Vikes reserves contributed with 34 from the bench, but Huskies subs only added nine. Eight of those points came from Chris Unsworth.

With 3:50 remaining in the third, the Huskies hoped to climb out of their 65-58 hole. However, Anderson dropping in an easy lay-in after intercepting an attempted sideline save by Huskie Nolan Brudehl and MacKinnon followed with a converted and-one to make it 70-58.

Thanks to an absent long-distance game, the Huskies would not recover.

Next weekend Saskatchewan hosts the University of Fraser Valley Cascades in a two-game set. Meanwhile, Victoria awaits a visiting Manitoba Bison squad.

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