Volume 94, Issue 78

Friday, February 9, 2001


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Mustangs settling into winning ways

Ladies bounce Windsor

Hockey plays to solid draw

Sports Briefs

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Mustangs settling into winning ways

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

The Mustang's men's basketball team extended an eight-game streak with a 79-64 win in Windsor against the Lancers.

The Mustangs, now 8-2 in conference action, led the game by as many as 20 points, but had to fend off a late Windsor comeback attempt. Strong defensive play helped to keep Windsor at bay for long enough for the offence to recover.

"Their were times when we just ran too much offence," said Western head coach Craig Boydell. "We passed on good shots and made the extra pass too many times. We turned our easy shots into good shots."

The Mustang shooting woes from the field also made their way to the foul line, where Western usually performs excellently, but shot a dismal 55 per cent.

"I don't have an answer for what happened at the foul line," Boydell said. "We're probably the best team in the country doing it."

Despite the disappointing aspects of the Mustang play, Boydell said he is still happy to see what his team has accomplished this season.

"It's unusual to find faults when you're winning games," he said. "We're on a eight-game winning streak but our goals are really high."

"We've a stale period, it's been a long season. Like most teams a lot of our players have had the flu or been tired. But I'm real happy to see we're doing what we have to do to win games."

Western started the game very strong, much off the strength of forward Andy Kwiatkowski and his near perfect offensive performance in the first half. Kwiatkowski went seven for eight in the opening period and netted 18 points.

"They were all open-court opportunities," Kwiatkowski said. "We were pressing and I got a lot of running opportunities." He finished the game leading Western with 28 points and 11 rebounds.

Guard Jimmy Grozelle was the only other double-digit Mustang scorer with 22 points.

Next up for the men is Waterloo tomorrow at Alumni Hall at 2 p.m.. It is their first match with Waterloo since the Warriors upset the Mustangs and gave Western its only losing streak of the year.

"This game matters a lot to us," Boydell said. "There's a lot of things we didn't like from that game. I don't think I'll have to make a pep talk before the game to get the guys up for this game. Each team we've lost to in the past, we've come back to beat in a major way."

Waterloo lost to Guelph in triple-overtime on Wednesday and has played poorly since their win against Western early in January.

"We'll have to play smart defence," said Waterloo head coach, Tom Kieswetter. "Western is a very explosive team offensively. If we can contain them and get our shots of on the other end, we'll have a chance."

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