THUNDER BAY – Sports – The Lakehead Thunderwolves won in classic fashion Thursday night with a furious fourth quarter comeback which saw the ‘Wolves outscore UQAM 33-12 in the final stanza. Down 65-54 to start the 4th and 70-59 with under seven minutes remaining, Lakehead was finally able to string together enough stops on the defensive end to create some offense of their own.
The duo of Ben and Adam Johnson led the way for Lakehead tonight as Ben Johnson had a career high 31 points shooting 12-17 (5-7 3pt) and a perfect 12-12 from the FT line. Adam Johnson also recorded a CIS career high dropping 21 points on 10-15 shooting in 18 minutes of play. Ryan Thomson overcame a slow start to break open the game late with two 3s of his own finishing with 14 points on the night.
UQAM hit tough shots for 80% of the game led by Gregory St Amand who had 18 and 6 rebounds. Alex Bernard poured in 16 including his first 3pt shot of the season at the first quarter buzzer.
UQAM won the battle of the boards (10-6 offensive) but turned it over 24 times to Lakehead’s 14. UQAM led 47-37 at the half.
Coach Morrison on the win said, “We are very fortunate to escape tonight with the victory. Tonight our guys were reminded first hand why we never give up and keep grinding. Credit to our guys for really staying with it and keeping up our energy when things seemed lost. While it was an exciting comeback at the end, what wasn’t exciting was out defense in the first half which allowed 47 points – many in transition. Tomorrow we have an explosive
Bishop’s squad that will require a better job on the boards and increased effort in defensive transition.”