(ISN) – A strong second half pushed the No. 3 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies to a 111-97 win in Game 2 of a Canada West men’s basketball quarter-final Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
With the win the Huskies swept the best-of-three series 2-0. Saskatchewan will now host the Canada West Final Four next weekend for the first time history. It will be their third straight appearance in the conference final weekend.
With Saskatchewan up by just one point at 56-55, Calvin Westbrook and Sean Peter led the Spartans to a six point lead in the third quarter. Huskie perimeter shooter Duncan Jones sparked Saskatchewan with a three point shot from well above the arc to pull the Huskies within one point at 79-78. The Huskies regained the lead on a dunk by Michael Lieffers with 1:30 left in the frame and took over the period leading 86-81 by the end of the third quarter.
Trinity Western pulled within five at the seven minute mark of the fourth but that was as close as they would get.
The first two quarters were a back-and-forth affair between the two teams. Saskatchewan led 27-25 after the first quarter and 56-55 at halftime.
Jamelle Barrett once again led the Huskies. His 41 points tied him for the second most in a playoff game in Huskie playoff history. Four more Huskies scored double digits on the night. Rookie forward Matthew Forbes scored a season-high 23 points, while Jones added another 16. Michael Lieffers recorded a double-double with 14 points and an impressive 19 rebounds. Peter Lomuro added another 11.
Tristan Smith was the best on the night for the Spartans tallying 25 points. Kyle Costin added another 22 and Westbrook tallied 23. Kurtis Osborne also scored 10 for Trinity Western.
Saskatchewan finished the night shooting 53%, while Trinity Western shot 49%. The Huskies also won the battle on the boards out rebounding the Spartans 46-32.
Game times will be 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. each night of the Final Four. Saskatchewan will play at 8 p.m. Friday night. The bronze medal game will be at 6:15 p.m. Saturday and the championship final is at 8 p.m. Opponents will be decided after the other conference quarter-finals. For tickets, visit huskies.usask.ca or call 306-966-1111.