February 2, 2013, Saskatoon, SK, (ISN) – Matthew Forbes 40 points helped push the University of Saskatchewan Huskies past the visiting University of Winnipeg Wesmen 95-74 Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
Forbes, a second-year forward, had a career-high 40 points going 13-14 from the field and 13-14 from the free-throw line. He also added four rebounds in the game.
With the win, Saskatchewan improves to 12-5 on the season, while Winnipeg drops to 11-7. Entering the weekend, just four points separated first from fourth in the Canada West Prairie Division. The win helps the Huskies inch closer to a securing a top two spot and hosting duties in the first round of the playoffs.
Saskatchewan took control of the game from the first few minutes outscoring the Wesmen 27-20 in the first quarter. Although Winnipeg pulled within seven at halftime at 47-40, the Huskies sealed the win in the third quarter. Saskatchewan outscored the Wesmen 29-14 in the frame. Winnipeg outscored the Huskies 20-19 in the fourth.
Mark McNee was the best on the night for the Wesmen tallying a team-high 19 points and five rebounds. Steven Wesley added another 14 points.
Ben Baker was also strong for the Huskies in the win recording a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
The Huskies finished the night shooting at 63%, while the Wesmen shot at 40%. Winnipeg did capitalize on Huskie errors scoring 22 points on Saskatchewan turnovers.
The two teams will battle again Saturday night at the PAC. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. and can be seen on www.canadawest.tv