By: Daniel Herrick, U of S Sports Information Student Assistant
November 8, 2013, Saskatoon (ISN) – The No. 5 University of Saskatchewan Huskies put their top ranked scoring offense on display to defeat the visiting Brandon University Bobcats 96-78 in Saskatoon Friday night.
The Huskies improve to 3-0 in the young Canada West season, while Brandon suffered their third straight loss to open the campaign.
Saskatchewan got off to a quick start in their first home game of the season shooting 44% to finish the first quarter with a 17-8 lead. Brandon reduced their turnovers in the second quarter but still trailed 41-28 at halftime.
Brandon got within eight in the opening minutes of the third, but the Huskies quickly increased the spread back to 13. The Bobcats couldn’t cut the lead back to single digits for the remainder of the contest. Saskatchewan stretched the lead to 75-50 heading to the fourth quarter.
Stephon Lamar had a game-high 28 points in the game for the Huskies. Matt Forbes added a double-double on the night with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Dadrian Collins chipped in with 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
For the Bobcats, Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak scored a team-high 19 points. Turrell Scott was the main distributor for the visitors, recording five assists to go along with 12 points.
The Huskies, who came into the game with the top scoring offense in the Canada West shot 51% from the floor, including an impressive 59% in the second half. Brandon shot 38% in the loss.
The two squads meet again tomorrow night in the PAC at 8 pm. The game can be seen live on canadawest.tv.