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1991 After barely being able to handle the Guelph Gryphons in a nail-bitting men's basketball Ontario championship game, Western won in the dying seconds of the game thanks to some big free throws en route to their first ever national championship.
The Gryphons had a chance to avenge their defeat, when they faced off against the Mustangs in the national championship game in Halifax. Western's full court press proved to be effective early on, as they held on to a 39-33 lead at the half.
The Mustangs knew the Gryphons were more than capable of deleting this early deficit and were determined to stop an early surge at the beginning of the second half.
"We wanted to come out really strong at the beginning of the second half," said forward John Stiefelmeyer, who scored 18 points.
However, the Gryphons kept it close to the very end, with two late baskets in the dying minutes. However, it was Western's defence which won it for them, limiting two of Guelph's starters to single digits. The final score was 78-69.