December 1, 2012, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The ninth-ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies used 29 point second and fourth quarters as they downed the host Mount Royal University Cougars 96-73 in Canada West men’s basketball action Thursday night in Calgary. 

Canada West leading scorer Stephon Lamar continued his torrent start to the season, scoring a game-high 27 points as the third-year San Diego, California guard led his team to their second straight win, upping their record to 6-3 while the Cougars fall for their fourth time in a row, moving to 2-7 with the loss.

Opening the game with a 12-4 lead four minutes in, Saskatchewan looked in control early. The Cougars offence would slowly gain steam, stringing together a 7-2 run and closing out the  quarter on top as Aloysius Callaghan buried a deep three to send the Cougars into the second ‘Q’ with a four point advantage, 24-20.

The two teams would trade baskets to 40-40 in the second, until the Huskies seized the momentum late in the frame going on a 9-2 run capped off by a Patrick Burns layup with just four seconds remaining to head into half-time up 49-42.

The Huskies would continue make the Cougars pay late in quarters, as Matthew Forbes would tally a bucket late in the third, helping Saskatchewan build their lead to nine points going into the final quarter. U of S would ice the game in the opening minutes as back-to-back threepointers by Nick Foth would spark a 13-0 run for the visitors who couldn’t miss a bucket in the period as they racked up 29 points in the fourth-quarter, easily cruising away with the 96-73 win.

Five Huskies hit double-digits in scoring as Lamar (29 points) and Foth (13 points) did the bulk of the heavy lifting while Ben Baker, Patrick Burns and Matt Forbes all chipped in with 12 points in a balanced
Saskatchewan offensive attack.
Meanwhile for the Cougars it was Awet Abraha doing the damage from the
floor, scoring 16 points in the loss.
U of S Huskies  – 20 – 29 – 18 – 29 – (96)
MRU Cougars – 24 – 18  – 16 – 15 – (73)
Saskatchewan continues their road swing heading to Prince George, B.C. to take on the UNBC Timberwolves while Mount Royal closes out the first-half of the season welcoming the Alberta Golden Bears to Kenyon Court. Both games take place on Saturday, December 1, 2012.