Huskie Men Finish First in Canada West Basketball

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(ISN) – With a 110-70 win over the visiting University of Regina Cougars, the No. 3 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies finished first in Canada West men’s basketball.

 

Saskatchewan finishes the season 16-4 and tops the standings among all Canada West schools for the first time in history. In 1986-87, the Huskies shared the title with the UBC Thunderbirds and Alberta Golden Bears after all finishing 7-3 in the season. The title gives the Huskies the right to host the Canada West Final Four, should they win their quarter-final series.

Regina, who failed to make the playoffs in 2011-12, finishes the season 5-15.

The Huskies have won 13 straight against Regina including a sweep in the playoffs last season. They also extend a home winning steak to 20 games and are 42-5 overall in the PAC since 2009-10.

Six different Huskies scored double digits on the night. Jamelle Barrett and Duncan Jones each tallied 20 points, followed by Peter Lomuro with 14, Andrew Henry with 11 and Chris Unsworth and Matthew Forbes with 10 each. Michael Lieffers and Lomuro led the Huskies on the boards with eight rebounds each.

Vule Grujic led the Cougars with 19 points on the night. Paul Gareau added a double-double recording 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Matt Campbell also chipped in another 10 points for Regina.

The Cougars hit the net for the first five minutes of the game but Saskatchewan took the lead on two quick trips down the court finished Lomuro. Saskatchewan continued to find the basket and led 30-19 by the end of the frame. Saskatchewan continued to find the basket leading 55-33 at halftime.

The Huskies continued to find the basket outscoring the Cougars 30-17 in the third quarter and 23-20 in the fourth.

Saskatchewan finished the game shooting 51%, while the Cougars shot 48%. The Huskies outrebounded the Cougars 43-33 on the night.

The Huskies will host the Trinity Western University Spartans in a Canada West quarter-final series next week. Game 1 is scheduled for February 24 at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 306-966-1111 or visit huskies.usask.ca

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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