Barrett’s 11-point run in final three minutes the difference handing Vikes first loss of season

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Story by Andy Watson (UVic) Photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN) (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

VICTORIA, B.C. – Jamelle Barrett let his first-half rest pay dividends in the final 20 minutes, as he fought through early foul trouble to score 29 of his game-high 32 points including his team’s final 11 points in the closing three minutes as the No. 4 Saskatchewan Huskies edged the host and No. 5 ranked UVic Vikes 86-81 in front of over 1,200 fans at Ken & Kathy Shields Court at McKinnon Gymnasium on Friday night.

With the victory the Huskies improve to 6-2 and hand the Vikes their first loss in Canada West play as UVic now sits at 8-1. The Vikes last started 8-0 in the 1998-99 and were last 9-0 in 1997-98 when they went 10-0 before losing to Alberta late in January.

IMG 7720Huskies’ Peter Lomuro flies to the basket uncontested in Friday night’s CIS matchup
with the UVic Vikes
. Glenn Ivens Photo (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

Next, UVic hosts the No. 6 nationally ranked Alberta Golden Bears (6-3) on Saturday night at 7 p.m., 81-72 losers in overtime to the UBC Thunderbirds (5-2) on Friday night in Vancouver.

In Victoria on Friday, Barrett of Rancho Cordova, Ca., was forced to the bench in early foul trouble in the opening half, scoring just three points and committing three turnovers in 11 minutes of play. But his 29-point second half, highlighted by a ridiculous three-pointer over Vikes guard Zac Andrus at the 1:52 minute mark, was the difference in an epic battle between two of the CIS’s top programs. Fundamentally, Andrus of Vashon Island, Wash., couldn’t have made the shot tougher for Barrett – but the Huskies star still drained it.

IMG 7761Terrell Evans soars above the Huskies’ defenders for an easy 2 points.
Glenn Ivens photo (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

Michael Acheampong of the UVic Vikes drives around University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ Evan Ostertag
during CIS action at McKinnon Gym on Friday night. Glenn Ivens photo (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

Trailing 71-67 with just over six minutes remaining, Barrett took over with 16 of their final 19 points. In the final three minutes, the fourth-year guard scored from the free-throw line, then drained two three-pointers – including the game-changer over Andrus to make it 79-76 Saskatchewan – then hit another jumper in the paint before scoring two more points in the dying seconds from the charity stripe to account for all 11 of his team’s points on a thrilling Huskies run to close out the game. He added seven assists in the win.

IMG 7767Zac Andrus drives to the hoop past the outstretched arm of Huskies’ defender.
Glenn Ivens photo (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

Once again, Ryan MacKinnon of Comox, B.C., was dynamite for the Vikes, leading the squad with 20 points. Michael Acheampong of Toronto added 19 and Mike Berg of Burnaby, B.C., 10 in the loss.

IMG 7826Ryan MacKinnon powers through Huskies’ defender to tally 2 of his team high 20 points for the Vikes.
Glenn Ivens Photo (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

After trailing early 16-8, UVic led 35-32 at the half and stretch the lead to 63-58 after three quarters. The Huskies outscored UVic 28-18 in the fourth quarter to pick up the victory, including a 12-1 margin in the paint.

Saskatchewan out rebounded the Vikes 35-30 and their 14 offensive boards provided 14 second-chance points and a number of new possessions to wear UVic down late in the game.

IMG 7931Jamelle Barrett had a dominating performance against the Vikes on Friday night. Barrett knocked down
32 points to lead all scorers. Glenn Ivens photo (www.javalon.smugmug.com)

SCORING SUMMARY

MBB: Saskatchewan 86 UVic 81

(At Ken & Kathy Shields Court, McKinnon Gymnasium)

1 2 3 4 – F

SASK 18 14 26 28 – 86

UVIC 15 20 28 18 – 81

TOP SCORERS: SASK-Jamelle Barrett 32 points (29 in second half), Michael Lieffers 19 points and 13 rebounds; UVIC-Ryan MacKinnon 20 points, Michael Acheampong 19 points

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