The University of Saskatchewan Huskies tallied 52 points in the first half en route to a 1106-67 win over the visiting UBC Okanagan Heat Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
With the win the No. 5 ranked Huskies improve to 8-4 on the season, while the Heat, who joined the Canada West for the 2011-12 season, drop to 2-110. It is the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Although the Heat jumped ahead with a small 6-5 lead on two three-pointers, Saskatchewan quickly took over the scoring the next nine points in the first quarter. From there, the Huskies never looked back, leading 27-18 by the end of the first frame. The Huskies led by 16 at halftime at 52-36.
Saskatchewan continued to find the basket in the second half, outscoring the Heat 21-11 in the third quarter and 23-20 in the fourth quarter.
Reigning Canada West MVP Jamelle Barrett led the Huskies on offence scoring a game-high 25 points, hitting 11-of-16 field goals. Fifth-year guard Peter Lomuro added 18 for the Huskies, while freshman Matt Forbes added another 12. Forbes also had a team-high seven rebounds.
Yassine Ghomari was the best on the night for the Heat netting 20 points and six rebounds. Iain Con added another 10 points to the Heats’ tally.
Saskatchewan shot 53% in the game, while UBC Okanagan shot 40%. The Huskies also beat the Heat on the boards outrebounding 40-31.
The Huskies host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack Saturday night, while the Heat travel to Edmonton to meet the Alberta Golden Bears.
Game Notes: Michael Lieffers became the 37th player in Huskie men’s basketball history to scored 1,000 points. Entering the game, the fifth-year forward needed just one point to join the club. He added eight to his tally to sit at 1,007. He needs 27 rebounds to become the fifth player all-time with 1000 or more rebounds.