Men's basketball splits final weekend with Regina; hosts Play-In next weekend

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Tanner Michalenko, Saskatchewan Sports Information Student Assistant 

SASKATOON – The University of Regina Cougars extinguished the University of Saskatchewan Huskies eight-game win streak to finish the 2017-18 Canada West season with an 81-76 win Saturday night on Ron & Jane Graham Centre Court at the PAC.

After the weekend split, Saskatchewan finishes 10-10, while Regina finishes 11-9. Both teams will host a Canada West Play-In next weekend. 

The top 12 teams in the standings make playoffs, but are reseeded based on RPI. The top four receive byes into the quarter-finals, with the rest of the playoff group playing in a single elimination play-in game.

Regina will host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, while the Huskies host the Victoria Vikes.

A 10-point Cougar lead in the third shrunk to just one heading into the fourth thanks to a solo 7-0 run by fifth-year Alex Unruh. The Huskies would knock down a few shots to start the final quarter to earn their first lead of the second half. 

However, it was a 9-2 run by the Cougars that featured back-to-back makes from fifth-year Brandon Tull to give Regina a lift heading into the final minutes. The Huskies would narrow the lead to four with 22 second remaining, but Regina sealed the win on the free-throw line.

Tull had a team-high 20 points for the Cougars, with six rebounds and an assist. Brian Ofori recorded a double-double with 12 points and  11 rebounds. 

Third-year Lawrence Moore had a season-high 43 points with three rebounds and three steals. Unruh finished with 14 points, five rebounds and two assists. 

Saskatchewan shot 40.9%, while Regina shot 42.6%. The Cougars also won the battle on the boards out rebounding the Huskies 42-27. 

Regina's Canada West Play-In is Thursday, while the Huskies will play Friday at 7 p.m. at the PAC. Tickets will be on sale Tuesday.