Laurier drops first game of doubleheader
Strong third quarter propels Lakehead past Golden Hawks
Friday, January 13, 2012 - Posted by Jamie Howieson
WATERLOO, Ont. (January 13, 2012) - In the first game of a weekend doubleheader between the top two teams in the OUA West division, it was the No. 3 Lakehead Thunderwolves (10-1) who came away with the victory in game one, 88-83, over the No. 7 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (9-2).
Venzal Russell of Detroit, Mich., led the Thunderwolves with 24 points as they gained sole possession of first place in the OUA West with the win.
Despite a large crowd on hand for the Golden Hawks, it was the visitors who came roaring out of the gate as they jumped to a quick 10-0 lead early in the first quarter. However, the Hawks would not be deterred and battled back to cut the lead to just two after the opening frame.
Laurier would continue their offensive assault in the second quarter, dropping 25 on Lakehead to take the lead 44-39 after the first half.
But the Thunderwolves came out in the second half showing why they are the defending OUA Champions. Lakehead was able to drive to the basket and put away a number of second chance points as they retook the lead 68-64 through three quarters.
The Thunderwolves would stretch their lead to as many as 10 in the fourth quarter, but the Hawks wouldn't go away, cutting the advantage to four with under two minutes to play. However, they would get no closer as they lost just their second game of the season.
"We got it handed to us on the offensive boards and we got it handed to us on the loose ball situation," said Head Coach Peter Campbell following the game. "We have got to compete as hard as the Lakehead kids did tonight and they did a great job of that."
The Hawks were led by fifth year forward Kale Harrison of Stratford, Ont., who matched Russells 24 points while adding seven rebounds and two blocks. Maxwell Allin of Chatham, Ont., chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Overall, both team's had four players finish with 10 or more points in a game that lived up to its billing as a battle between two of the top teams in the country.
Laurier will attempt to even the season series tomorrow night when the Golden Hawks and Thunderwolves square off once again. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.
NOTES: Laurier managed to make just 2-of-14 three point field goals in the game while the Thunderwolves connected on 7-of-23...tomorrow night, one lucky fan will have the chance to walk home with $20,000 as the Department of Athletics and Recreation hosts the first of three opportunities to win the money
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