SASKATOON – AJ Basi's three-pointer with one tick of the clock remaining lifted the visiting University of Manitoba Bisons to a 91-88 win over the No. 7 University of Saskatchewan Huskies Friday night at the PAC.
Basi connected three times from beyond the arc in the final quarter and finished the night with 22 points.
Manitoba outscored the Huskies 26-19 in the fourth quarter. Saskatchewan led 72-71 with just under eight minutes to go before the Bisons went on a 10-0 run to take the lead midway through the fourth. The Huskies battled back toe lead 88-85 before Basi hit back-to-back three's in the last minute to propel the Bisons to the win.
A fast paced back-and-forth game featured plenty of scoring runs. The Huskies lead early before Manitoba took advantage of some Huskie turnovers to claw back. Saskatchewan would again spurt ahead 27-18 in the first half, before the Bisons once again brought it back to two midway through the second. The Bisons would leave 47-44.
Manitoba started the fourth quarter hot, jumping out to an 81-72 lead. Saskatchewan would get ahead but the last second dagger by Basi ended any opening night celebration plans by the hometown Huskies.
Basi scored 22 points to lead the Bisons on 9-of-18 shooting. Wyatt Anders recorded a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Anders went 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
Fifth-year guard Ostertag poured in a game high 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting and added four assists. Shawn Lathan recorded a double-double in his first Canada West game with the Huskies. Lathan finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bisons shot 51% as a team, while the Huskies finished off the night shooting 47% from the floor. The game featured 14 lead changes.
The two squads meet up again Saturday night at the PAC at 8 p.m.