Fifth-year forward Michael Lieffers led the No. 5 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies with a double-double in a 89-70 win over the Brandon University Bobcats Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
Lieffers hit 10-of-12 field goals for 23 points and added a game-high 13 rebounds. With the rebounds, Lieffers passed the 1,000 mark. He becomes just the fifth player in school history to record 1,000 overall points and boards.
Saskatchewan also had scoring from fifth-year guard Duncan Jones who added 21 points, as well as guards Jamelle Barrett and Peter Lomuro at 16 a piece. Barrett also recorded 13 assists.
Ali Mounir was the best on the court for the Bobcats tallying a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds. Kyle Vince chipped in 15 points and Donovan Gale added another 14.
With the win the Huskies move to 11-4 on the season and extend their winning streak to five straight games. The Huskies, who have five games left in the schedule, remain in a fight for top spot in the Canada West Prairie Division men’s basketball standings with the Alberta Golden Bears. Brandon falls to 5-11 on the season.
After Saskatchewan opened the game on a 5-0 run, the Bobcats found their legs to pull in front of the Huskies at 18-12. Vince led the Bobcats to the 22-15 lead at the end of the first quarter with nine points in the frame.
Saskatchewan started to answer the Bobcats scoring in the second quarter and opened with five straight points. A Barrett three-point shot from the top of the arc tied the game at 30. After that point both teams had trouble hitting the net in the rest of the quarter and finished the half tied at 37.
Trading the lead three times in the first few minutes of the third quarter, Saskatchewan took the lead after a Lieffers dunk to go ahead 46-45. Brandon kept within a few points but the Huskies were able to stay ahead and led 63-59 by the end of the third.
The lead grew for the Huskies to start the fourth quarter by 13 at 73-60, forcing Brandon to take a timeout. But Saskatchewan continued to pour the ball in the net, outscoring the Bobcats by 16 in the frame to seal the victory.
Saskatchewan shot 51% in the game, while Brandon shot 39%. The Huskies also out rebounded Brandon 44-37.
The Huskies hit the road to face the University of Winnipeg Wesmen next weekend, while Brandon returns home to host the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.