SASKATOON – The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns outscored the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 43-23 in the second half en route to an 86-74 come from behind win Friday at the PAC.
Lethbridge took its first lead of the night at 57-56 late in the third quarter and continued to play strong down the stretch to improve to 5-3 on the season.
Saskatchewan was outscored in each of the final three quarters after opening the game with a 35-19 first quarter lead. The Huskies dropped to 3-7.
Brandon Brine, the Pronghorns scoring leader, came off the bench to score 22 points for the ‘Horns. Rob Olsen added another 21, while Micahel Pierzchala finished just a rebound shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine boards.
Saskatchewan was led by fifth-year guard Evan Ostertag’s 28 points. Trevor Severinski scored 13 points and also was just a rebound shy of recording a double-double with nine.
Saskatchewan got off to a hot start and worked the lead up to 21 at one point in the opening 10 minutes. Despite the shrinking lead, the Huskies still led 51-43 at halftime thanks to an Ostertag triple at the buzzer.
Lethbridge continued to chip away at the lead in the second half, finally surging ahead late in the third quarter. Once the ‘Horns took the lead, they would not trail again.
Both teams were relatively even shooting the ball on the night. Saskatchewan finished at 44 percent with Lethbridge close behind at 42.5 percent. The Pronghorns had a distinct advantage from the free throw line. Lethbridge was able to get to the charity stripe 19 times in the game, converting on 17 of those attempts. Saskatchewan hit eight of its 13 attempts.
The two teams meet again Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the PAC.