Lakehead Thunderwolves overpower University of Quebec
TORONTO – Sports – The Lakehead University Thunderwolves men’s basketball team pulled out a 85-70 victory over University de Quebec à Montreal (UQAM) Citadins on Saturday afternoon in their first game of the Ryerson University National Invitational Tournament (RUNIT).
Lakehead got out to an early lead but the Citadins would battle back time and again throughout the first half, with the ‘Wolves leading 38-29 at the break. Lakehead got good production from centre Brent Wallace early, as he hit all four of his free throws along with a few baskets to score 10 points in the first 20 minutes. He would finish with 16 points (5/7 FG, 6/6 FT) and 6 rebounds in 18 minutes of play.
The Citadins’ lineup was accented by the explosive play of Richard Addai, who caused fits for his defenders, being fouled 3 times on 3-point attempts, twice completing the rare 4-point play. Addai would finish with a game-high 30 points.
Lakehead led 41-31 early in the 3rd quarter before UQAM battled back to tie the game at 49, followed by Dwayne Harvey denying the Citadins any lead with a floater in the lane on the next possession.
Lakehead would outscore the Citadins 27-17 in the final frame to secure the victory.
All five starters for Lakehead scored in double figures, led by Wallace (16), followed by Dwayne Harvey with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Backup center Andrew McCarthy played a good 15 minutes in place of Wallace due to foul trouble in the third quarter, finishing with 6 points and 6 rebounds.
Coach Matt Erdman stated, “Today was a great way to come back after a long break. We had a balanced scoring attack, an area that’s key for our success. We need to build on this win and continue to improve each game.”
The men’s team continues tomorrow against the Laval Rouge et Or at 4:00PM .
Webcast will be available via the Ryerson Rams Network