Lethbridge, AB – The UBC men’s basketball team remained white hot Saturday winning its fourth straight game thanks to a 91-69 victory over the Lethbridge Pronghorns. Led by Tommy Nixon‘s 21 points, UBC concludes the team’s second consecutive weekend sweep, dating back to November 2014.
UBC took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Pronghorns by a 24-11 margin, an advantage the visiting team would maintain for the remainder of the game. The 5-5 T-Birds outscored Lethbridge again in the third before being slightly outshot in the fourth, but fortunately had a significant lead to work with.
With the win, the T-Birds leap temporarily into the seventh and final playoff spot in the Canada West Pioneer Division, while the Pronghorns fall to 5-7 and sit in ninth.
“Lethbridge has not been a kind place for us in the past few years so getting two this weekend was a very good results,” said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. “It feels like we have been on the road a long time so we are really looking forward to playing at home next weekend.”
After having a rough first half in yesterday’s game, Kedar Wright rebounded well this evening scoring five points to begin the game, before UBC went on a 9-0 run to take an early 17-11 lead.
Nixon took over in the second quarter upping his point total to eight by midway through the quarter to maintain their six-point, 28-22 lead. That lead grew to double digits when UBC went on a tear after a 14-3 run as halftime ended with the Thunderbirds holding a 42-25 lead.
Lethbridge shot 29% from the field in the opening half, as the team was plagued for a second straight night by a troublesome offense. The Pronghorns were also just 2-for-16 from three-point range while UBC shot a solid 54.8% from the field, including 5-for-13 from beyond the arc.
Andrew McGuinness led the T-Birds on the offensive front in the opening half with 10 points while Brandon Brine snagged eight points for the Pronghorns. The 25 points put up by the Pronghorns was their second lowest scoring output to begin a half this season.
UBC continued its offensive prowess well into the third quarter, doubling their lead to a 61-38 mark. By the end of the third quarter, three T-Birds were in the double digits in points thanks to performances from McGuinness, Nixon and Tonner Jackson. The trio helped vault the T-Birds to a decisive 72-48 lead.
Just as was the case last night, the Thunderbirds had a healthy lead entering the fourth and never looked back, finishing the game with a 91-69 edge. It was the fourth straight game that the T-Birds have scored in excess of 90 points, as the team has been on a tear of late.
“It was great to get these two road wins,” said Hanson. “Tommy (Nixon) had another solid game and it was great to get everyone into the game. Defensively we were very good at times but we still took too many possessions off.”
Jared Baker finished the game with a team high 15 points for the Pronghorns while no player reached double digits in rebounds.
The Thunderbirds return home next weekend for a date with the Brandon Bobcats, a 1-11 team that has lost four straight including a weekend sweep at the hands of the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Meanwhile, Lethbridge will remain at home and host Calgary next weekend in search of breaking their five game losing streak.