HUSKIES EARN GAME 1 WIN OVER WOLFPACK2014-02-21
By: Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Assistant
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies led from start to finish in an 82-68 win over the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack in Game 1 of a Canada West Quarter-final series Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
With the win, Saskatchewan takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three conference matchup.
Saskatchewan shot 52 per cent in the first half and 45 per cent overall in the win. The Huskie defence showed its playoff experience forcing Thomspon Rivers to shoot just 35 per cent in the first half and commit 11 turnovers in the first-ever Canada West playoff game for the WolfPack.
Dadrian Collins and Stephon Lamar both recorded 20 points in the win, while Lamar came up just one assist shy of a double-double finishing the night with nine. Matt Forbes had a big night inside for the home squad with 15 points and 15 rebounds, eight coming on the offensive end.
Will Ondrik scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including a 4-for-4 performance from three-point range to lead all WolfPack scorers. Zach Usherwood grabbed six rebounds to go along with 13 points. No starter scored in double digits for Thompson Rivers.
Forbes got the Huskies rolling early grabbing two offensive rebounds and scoring the Huskies’ first four points. Lamar scored 10 points in the opening quarter as the Huskies took an early 20-12 lead.
Saskatchewan opened up the second quarter on a 10-0 run capped off by a Forbes two-handed dunk. Ondrik would hit a three-pointer to end the Huskie run, but Collins scored five straight points to extend the Huskie lead to 12. Trevor Severinski hit his second three of the quarter to give Saskatchewan a 45-29 lead at the half.
The Huskies went on another run to start the second half, this time a 9-0 spurt, finished off by a Collins three-point play. Severinski hit two more three’s in the third to give the Huskies their largest lead of the night at 31. Ondrik scored nine points in the third quarter for Thompson Rivers, closing the quarter with a four-point play and a shot from beyond the arc as the Huskies still led 69-45 heading to the final quarter.
Thompson Rivers outscored the Huskies 23-13 in the fourth quarter as Saskatchewan’s second unit saw the majority of the floor time in the final 10 minutes. Usherwood scored 10 of his 13 points in the game in the fourth.
Game 2 is set for 7 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if needed, is slated for 7 p.m. Sunday. Both can be viewed on canadawest.tv