Volume 91, Issue 66

Tuesday, January 27, 1998

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SPORTS
 

Buzzer beater jousts Lancers



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PUT YOUR HANDS UP WHERE MY EYES CAN SEE. Western's Micah Bourdeau takes a jump shot over a crowd of players, as Paul Abrams [55] keeps Windsor's big man Geoff Stead out of the way.


By Alex Chiang

Gazette Staff

Just call them the tough luck Lancers.

After almost pulling a huge upset win over third-ranked McMaster the weekend prior, the unranked Windsor Lancers came just as close to upending seventh-ranked Western at Alumni Hall on Saturday in men's basketball action. Windsor's bid for a Cinderella story was dashed, however, by Mustang forward Nat Graham who hit a buzzer-beating shot to secure an 81-79 Western win.

Graham, who was second in team scoring with 14 points, was cool and collected when he made the game-winning shot.

"Micah [Bourdeau] drove the lane and I knew he was going to kick [the ball] out, but I had a guy come out and challenge me so I went to the glass," he said, adding that he thought it would give the shot a better chance of going in.

Even though the Mustangs appeared in control of things in the first half of the game, Windsor refused to bow out. Leading the way was third-year forward Geoff Stead, who had a 24-point, 16-rebound effort.

"Our defence was great in the first half but we didn't handle Stead very well," Mustang head coach Craig Boydell said. "We kept him off the offensive boards better in the second half, but that's as mobile as I've seen him play and he hurt us today."

Lancer head coach Mike Havey said shooting only 37 per cent in the first half, combined with some weak defence, cost Windsor the game.

"I'm happy with the way we played in the second half, but we'd dug ourselves into too big of a hole in the first," Havey said. "We didn't do a good job stopping their dribble penetration and we allowed Bourdeau to do pretty much whatever he wanted."

Havey hasn't been the first coach this season to complain about the difficulties in covering Bourdeau defensively. The third-year guard recorded a third-consecutive 20-point plus game, scoring 25 on the afternoon.

Mustang forward Brad Campbell had his best offensive showing in a conference game this season with 12 points.

"Against Mac it was such a big game and I struggled and forced things too much," Campbell said. "Today I was more patient and let the offence come to me."

If Saturday's score demonstrated anything, it's that there is a great degree of parity in the Ontario West division this year. Going into Saturday's game, Windsor sat in the basement of the standings and yet Boydell stated his team was weary of Windsor's potential to pull an upset.

"You got to believe you're going to win these games," Boydell said. "Windsor did an excellent job. If you can believe it, this team is 0-4 and we scraped [a win] away."

Western's next game is tomorrow night against the undefeated Brock Badgers at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall.


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