November 3, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – New University of Saskatchewan point guard Stephon Lamar dropped 40 points to lead the No. 5 ranked Huskies over the visiting University of Regina Cougars 89-74 Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
After matching each other point-for-point throughout the first half, Lamar and the Huskies began to break away in the final three minutes of the third quarter. Lamar, a third-year from San Diego, California, scored 24 of his 40 points in the second half, hitting six three point shots in the game. He also added eight rebounds on the night.
A Lamar three-pointer with 3:22 left in the third quarter gave Saskatchewan the lead. He scored eight points in the final three minutes of the frame to give the Huskies the 68-57 lead at the end of the third.
Saskatchewan finished the game outscoring the Cougars 21-17 in the fourth.
Until that point in the third quarter, the Cougars andHuskies exchanged leads 12 times. Saskatchewan led 18-17 after the first quarter and the Cougars led 40-39 at halftime.
Second-year forward Matthew Forbes was also strong in the game for the Huskies recording a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Patrick Burns added another 12 rebounds.
Frank Brown was the best on the night for the Cougars tallying 27 points. Brendan Hebert and Antonio Tate each scored 11 points. Connor Burns led the Cougars on the boards with six rebounds.
Saskatchewan shot 43% in the game, while Regina shot at 42%. Saskatchewan also beat the Cougars on the boards, outrebounding 49-30.
After the weekend home-and-home series between the two provincial rivals, both teams open the Canada West regular season with 1-1 records. The Cougars won the first game between the two 95-90 Thursday night in Regina.
The Huskies hit the road to face the Lethbridge Pronghorns next weekend, while the Regina Cougars will travel to Winnipeg to face the Wesmen.