THUNDER BAY – Sports – The Lakehead University Thunderwolves men’s Basketball team fell to the McMaster Marauders. What began with hope ended in despair for the men’s basketball team, as they were beaten 101-64 by the McMaster Marauders Saturday evening.
Things got off to a more manageable start for the ‘Wolves, as they dictated the pace of the game early on, leading 14-11 late in the first quarter.
Some undisciplined play in the final minute led to a bevy of Marauder free throws, who would tie the game at 20 as the first quarter ended.
As the second quarter came to pass, the McMaster team punished the T-Wolves from distance, hitting three ball after three ball, and tallying 29 points in the quarter to lead by 16 at the half, 49-33.
While the 3rd quarter saw the visitors extend their lead incrementally, the 4th quarter was an all-out assault, out-scoring Lakehead 32-14 in front of a non-plussed Thunderdome crowd.
Lakehead’s top performer was Joseph Nitychoruk with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Igor Lebov finished with 15 points.
Joseph Rocca scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
McMaster went 11-of-23 from behind the arc to Lakehead’s 1-of-8.
Coach Matt Erdman stated, “We started off well but we ended the second quarter with way too many turnovers and you can’t afford to turn the ball over 29 times against a team like McMaster. At the end of the day, we still have a number of goals to accomplish and it starts Monday at practice.”
The men’s team are on the road next weekend for two games against Laurier.