By Cristy Duce; Sports Information Assistant
November 12, 2012 Lethbridge (ISN) – The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s basketball team put up 31 points in the third quarter to grind out a 99-87 win over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night at the 1st Choice Savings Centre.
The ‘Horns cached in on 50 percent from beyond the arc and had six players in double figures to earn a split with the Huskies on the weekend, pushing their Canada West record to 3-1, while the Huskies fall to 2-2.
Iron Springs product Logan Reiter scored 14 of those 31 third quarter points, leading the ‘Horns in scoring with 20 on the night. Adding to his effort was point guard Chaz Johnson with 17 and nine rebounds, and Lethbridge native Julian Spear Chief-Morris with 15 points and six boards. Once again, the ‘Horns had a difficult time handing the post play of Matthew Forbes who finished the night with 27.
Though the Huskies held the lead for the majority of the first half, the ‘Horns quickly erased the four point deficit out of the gates of the third quarter, largely due to the three point shooting of Reiter and adjustment to defensive strategy and execution. After a seesaw quarter, which was reflective of a game that featured 19 lead changes, the ‘Horns closed out the frame with another three from Reiter as well as Derek Waldner’s consistent conversion of fast break opportunities in the paint. The ‘Horns kept the defensive hammer down in the fourth quarter as well, holding the Huskies to a 35 point second half and then pushing the lead to as high as 15 before the final buzzer.
Reiter owed the difference in his team’s performance to their execution and defense. “We didn’t move the ball yesterday and played poor transition defense. Tonight we really concentrated on not giving up easy baskets and executing better both offensively and defensively. One of the big keys for us was keeping up our defense down the stretch so that even when they made a run at the beginning of the fourth quarter, we were able to withstand it and come out with the win.”
The ‘Horns go on the road next weekend to face the University of Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton, while the Huskies will play the University of Calgary Dinos in Saskatoon. Games will be webcast on canadawest.tv.