WATERLOO – Sports – The men’s basketball team came up short on Friday evening, losing a 93-88 decision to the Laurier Golden Hawks.
The ‘Wolves found themselves down 2 at halftime (42-40) against the home side, and came out of the locker room with some fire, rolling off 11 straight points to begin the second half.
The Golden Hawks, while not stingy defenders, can put up points in a hurry, and responded in kind with a run of their own to draw things even at 64 heading into the final quarter of play.
Lakehead was in the game until the final 4 minutes, when costly turnovers against Laurier’s 1-2-2 half court press effectively sunk the S.S. Thunderwolf.
Some late game heroics by Lakehead would save some hope in the final 20 seconds, but veteran Laurier shooters would seal the game from the free throw line. By contrast Lakehead was it’s own worst enemy at the charity stripe, hitting only 15 of 26 attempts. Laurier was 26-of-31.
Lakehead’s top scorer was Henry Tan with 22 points (2-of-3 3pt), while Alex Robichaud hit 3 threes en route to 17 points. Reserve post Justin Bell had a season-high 13 points with 7 rebounds.
Max Allin scored a game-high 30 points with 7 rebounds for the Golden Hawks, while Will Coulthard scored 26.
Coach Matt Erdman commented, “We struggled all night to contain Max and Will and continued to turn the ball over at key moments in the 4th. We had chances but did not capitalize.”
Lakehead will try and rebound tomorrow at 8:00pm against the Golden Hawks, who they are chasing in the OUA West standings.