SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies got one step closer to a position in the Canada West post-season with a convincing 80-52 win over the University of Alberta Golden Bears Friday night at the PAC.
Saskatchewan moves to 7-10 with its third straight win, while the Golden Bears fall back to .500 at 9-9. The Huskies hop up a spot to eighth in the Pioneer Division standings and now sit just two wins behind Alberta.
Saskatchewan got out to a hot start and never looked back on Friday. The Huskies ran out to a 10-2 lead before Alberta called a timeout to regroup. Saskatchewan continued to play lockdown defence in the opening frame and enjoyed a 21-10 lead.
Alberta tried to push back early in the second quarter, but Saskatchewan was connecting on over 53 percent of their shots and was a blistering 8-for-13 from three-point range in the opening half. Trevor Severinski's four-for-four performance from downtown in the first half helped Saskatchewan to a 42-25 lead.
Saskatchewan continued to shoot the ball well and clamped down even further on defence in the third quarter outscoring the Bears 21-8.
Chan De Ciman led the way for Saskatchewan with 27 points. De Ciman went a stellar 7-for-10 from long range and 9-for-14 overall in the win. Severinski and Evan Ostertag each chipped in with 12 more points, while Shane Osayande finished just shy of a double-double with 11points and eight boards.
Brody Clarke was the leading scorer for the Golden Bears in the loss. Clarke was a near perfect six-of-seven from the field. Clarke also led the squad on the glass with seven rebounds. Colby Jackson and Mamadou Gueye each added another eight points.
The two teams will jockey for a playoff spot again tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at the PAC.