Volume 93, Issue 75
Friday, February 11, 2000
Lancers thrown off their horses by purple attack
FLYING HIGHER THAN EAGLES. Western men's and women's basketball teams flew over the Windsor Lancers Wednesday night.
By Jayson Babel
The Western men's basketball team battled the Windsor Lancers at home Wednesday, in a well fought game which was decided in the final minutes.
Vital shots from beyond the three point line in the final quarter allowed Western to pull ahead and seal the victory, 80-65. With under five minutes to play in the second half and the score at 62-60, Western guards Jim Grozelle and Matt Tweedie, as well as forward Micah Bordeau were able to combine for five three-pointers. This onslaught of perimeter shooting secured an otherwise close game.
Tweedie said the outside shooting was a product of the inside game of the Mustangs. "It was just a situation where we had good penetration all night," he said. "Jim and I got some open shots because of [the inside game]. Micah was able to get to the basket and open things up."
Grozelle said the team was continuing to gain trust in their outside game. "We have a lot of confidence in the [perimeter] shooting. It is a good option for us."
Bordeau, Western's high scorer, shot 14 for 21, putting 35 points on the board in total and pushing the Mustangs'. Western head coach Craig Boydell said he was very pleased with Bordeau's performance and noted many players take 35 shots to accumulate 35 points.
"[Micah] played a tough game and put a lot of minutes in and had the answer constantly, which was a big part of the offence," Boydell said.
Windsor's power forward Geoff Stead, who Boydell said was a serious threat, was held to a mere three of 11 which was a definite reduction in performance from his last outing against Western in which he had 24 points.
Although Stead was contained in points, they were unable to keep him from the glass. He made the paint his home with 17 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Lancer head coach Mike Harvey played Stead for 37 minutes of the 40 minute game.
"He's a horse he just works his ass off!" Harvey said of Stead's performance. Stead secured eight offensive rebounds in the first half and both Boydell and Harvey agreed he was the factor which kept the Lancers in the game.
Tweedie said despite the win, the Mustangs were not tough enough in the game. "We kind of got beat up as the stats would indicate. We got beat on the boards."
The Mustangs take their basketball show on the road this weekend against the University of Waterloo, tomorrow at 2 p.m..
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