Cougars upset No. 5 Saskatchewan in Canada West opener

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November 2, 2012, REGINA, Sask. – The University of Regina’s men’s basketball team survived a late fourth-quarter charge to upset the No. 5-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies by a 95-90 score on Thursday night in the Canada West opener at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

The U of R looked to be well on its way to victory after a Brendan Hebert free throw gave the home side an 18-point lead with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Saskatchewan employed massive full-court pressure and went on a 19-4 run capped by a Ben Baker jumper with 36 seconds left which cut the advantage to three points.

The Cougars were able to make it a two-possession game after the Baker bucket, as Paul Gareau grabbed an offensive rebound and scored off an inbounds pass from Sterling Nostedt to push the lead to five. An offensive foul by Stephon Lamar on the ensuing possession finally salted away the upset victory for the Cougars.

Phoenix College transfer Frank Brown had a stellar debut for the Cougars, going 4-for-4 from three-point land in the first quarter alone and tying for the game high with 28 points. Brendan Hebert was 3-for-4 from three-point range and ended up with 18 points, while Darius Mole had 14 points off the bench and Paul Gareau scored 12.

Brown added a team-high eight rebounds for the U of R.

Saskatchewan was led by Stephon Lamar’s 28 points, while Ben Baker scored 26 and led all players with six steals. Matthew Forbes had 18 points, while Patrick Burns scored 11 and fell just short of a double-double with nine rebounds.

The Cougars were on fire from the field, shooting over 60% for the game including 10-for-20 from three-point range. The problem for the Cougars was their 32 turnovers, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter alone.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night in Saskatoon.

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