By Zach Rogers
January 20, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies extended their win streak to four games with an 85-69 win over the visiting Thompson Rivers University WolfPack at the PAC in Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan used a strong third quarter to separate themselves from the WolfPack. Saskatchewan led by just two points with 5:30 to play in the third quarter but closed out the frame with a 19-6 run. Saskatchewan’s defence also stepped in the quarter limiting the WolfPack to just 12 points.
The Huskies continued that run into the fourth quarter scoring the first seven points in the opening two minutes to stretch their lead to 69-48. Saskatchewan would cruise from there en-route to an 85-69 victory.
Thompson Rivers hung close in the opening half. After the Huskies jumped out to an early 8-2 the WolfPack clawed back with a 13-2 run taking the lead at 15-10 with 4:43 left to play in the first quarter. Thompson Rivers was able to stretch their lead to five points before the Huskies closed the gap to two trailing 18-20 after the opening 10 minutes.
WolfPack guard Kevin Pribilsky opened the second quarter with a pair of three pointers stretching Thompson Rivers lead to eight points but Saskatchewan showed resolve and battled back closing out the first half with a 38-36 lead.
Offensively the Huskies were led by guard Stephon Lamar who finished with a game high 28 points. Four other Huskies finished with double-digit point totals. Forward Patrick Burns finished with a double-double recording 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Ben Baker chipped in 12 points while guard Evan Ostertag and forward Matthew Forbes finished with 10 points each.
Thompson Rivers had three players who finished with double-digit point totals. Guards Kevin Pribilsky and Zach Usherwood both finished with 14 points while Brett Rouault recorded 10 points.
Saskatchewan won the battle on the boards out rebounding the WolfPack 42-25.
With the win the move to 10-4 on the season, while the loss drops the WolfPack to 6-9.
The Huskies head on the road to take on the Brandon Bobcats next weekend, while the WolfPack head home to take on the Victoria Vikes.