Volume 93, Issue 68
Tuesday, February 1, 2000
Bourdeau leads Western to win over Guelph
NO, WAIT - CAN'T WE JUST TALK ABOUT IT? Guelph tried to reason with Western Saturday to no avail, as the Mustangs drove through the Gryphons with a score of 85-76.
By Mike Murphy
Guard Micah Bourdeau turned in an offensive masterpiece Saturday as he led Western's men's basketball team past the visiting University of Guelph Gryphons, 85-76.
Sinking fall-away jumpers and acrobatic lay-ups with apparent ease, the sweet-shooting guard singed the nets for a game-high 33 points to put Western over the top in a contest which stayed close right to the end.
"I'm just ecstatic to get out with a win," Bourdeau said after the game. "With our ranking and our standing in the conference, everybody and especially Guelph it seems, is always looking to take us out. They always play us tough, no matter what their record is."
The Gryphons leaped out to a 20-12 lead early on, but Western rallied behind Bourdeau's hot shooting and eventually evened the score at 32. The first half ended dramatically as guard/forward Matt Tweedie drilled a miraculous half-court buzzer beater to give Western a 48-42 halftime edge.
Guelph nipped at the Mustangs' heels for the duration of the second half and with 1:50 remaining, cut the lead down to two on a Jason Wenczler three-pointer. That's as close as they would come though, as Guelph was called for offensive fouls on two successive trips and Western went on a 7-0 run to secure the victory.
Asked about his formidable 14-21 shooting day from the field, Bourdeau was at somewhat of a loss. "I don't know what to tell you, except I felt good," he said. "I don't feel that way everyday and I don't take that many shots everyday. I saw some openings and I took them. Thankfully, they were dropping."
Chris O'Roark, head coach of the Gryphons, was also a little puzzled as to how to keep Bourdeau in check. "He's a hell of a player," he commented. "I don't know how you control him. I don't think you control him, you just try to contain him."
While Bourdeau gave them fits, Guelph gave Western just about all it could handle too. In fact, Western head coach Craig Boydell said the Gryphons had one of their best offensive performances of the year. "That's the best their offence has clicked. I've seen a lot of film and I know a lot about what they've done. We felt we had to keep them much lower [in points] than this, but their offence was really tough today."
Boydell also noted early foul trouble for his starters Chris Brown and Chedo Ndur limited his team's options on offence. "Early on we got into serious foul trouble and I think that kept us away from some of the things we wanted to do offensively," he remarked. "At the same time, I thought we dealt with it pretty well. I was pleased with the amount of points we got in the first half."
Overall, Boydell said he was happy with the win. "We're in a situation where everybody's gunning for us, everybody's bringing their 'A' game," he stated. "If Guelph plays the same way they did against us today against everybody else, they're going to win a lot of games from here to the end."
Western, who now holds second place in the national rankings, will hit road for its next game a Wednesday night matchup with the University of Brock.
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