T-Birds Stun Huskies in Overtime

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

SASKATOON – After hitting a late shot to force overtime, the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds were able to take advantage of the extra session to head home with a 101-98 victory over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night at the PAC.

UBC's Connor Morgan hit a three-point shot to tie the game at 88 with just two seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter. Morgan would hit again to open the overtime period to give the Thunderbirds a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. The lead was the first for the T-Birds since the midway point of the third quarter.

Saskatchewan led by seven with three minutes to go in the game, but was forced to watch its lead slowly slip away. Up by six with 30 seconds left the game seemed like it might be over if it were not for the relentless effort by UBC to close the gap.

The Huskies fall to 1-5 with the loss, while UBC improves to 5-1 on the season with the weekend sweep.

The game was tightly contested throughout with UBC taking one point leads after both the first and second quarters. The Huskies would break off a couple of scoring runs in the third to be able to take a five point lead to the final frame.

Morgan tied for a team-high 18 points on the night. Jordan Jensen-Whyte and Will Ondrik each tallied 18 points. Both Morgan and Jensen-Whyte each recorded double-doubles in the win with 10 rebounds a piece.

A bright spot for the Huskies, first-year guard Chan De Ciman scored a CIS career high 37 points in the game. De Ciman excelled at getting to the line finishing the night 14-of-16 from the charity stripe. He also added eight rebounds and three assists. Mack Burns led the Huskies on the glass again with 11 rebounds.

The Huskies travel to Langley, B.C. to take on the Trinity Western Spartans on Thursday and Friday, while the T-Birds hit the road again next weekend with a trip to Calgary to visit the Dinos.