Volume 94, Issue 63
Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Grozelle leads way out of slump - Western destroys Mac 92-73
HEY, WHAT FOUL? Western did most of the slapping around on the weekend as they notched their first win of the season against a tough McMaster squad.
By Joel Brown
They say when you don't know where you're going in life, head back to your roots.
Saturday's 97-73 rout of the McMaster Marauders at Alumni Hall showed Western men's basketball team was thinking the exact same thing.
Western shot McMaster out of the gym, hitting 59.9 per cent of their shots and going nine for 18 from three-point land. A noticeable difference could be seen in the team's fundamentals including improvements in such aspects as hard cuts, crisp passes, and spreading the floor from their last two games led to a bevy of open shots.
"We've filled it up before," said Western head coach Craig Boydell. "I'm glad we had this type of game [at home]. This is the first time we've shown what we're capable of doing against the strong teams we're going to see down the road."
The same dominance the Mustangs showed on the offensive end managed to find its way over to the other side of the court as the Mustangs defence limited McMaster to just 42.1 per cent field goal shooting.
Point guard Jimmy Grozelle led the way with his energy and ability to both penetrate the McMaster defence killing the Marauders from the outside. He netted 23 points, handing out eight assists, while going 4-5 beyond the arc.
"Grozelle has done a great job for the team," Boydell said. "He has really earned the respect of people around the country."
"Brown knew he showed up today how he hasn't in a bit, he's not allowed to go back," Boydell added.
After two tough road losses that left the Mustangs without a conference win and saw the team slipping from their long-held number one national ranking, Western had to get back on its horse.
"We took this one personally," Grozelle said. "We really wanted to prove what we are capable of."
Neither team missed a beat in terms of the intensity they had from their last meeting, which saw Western fall in an overtime McMaster win. Whether it was the attempt to recreate a Chicago Bulls-like pre-game light show, the filled to capacity Alumni Hall, or simply the sheer importance of the game both teams came out flying out of the gate.
Up until a quarter of the way through the first half, the Marauders held a slight three-point advantage at which time the momentum of the game swung in the Mustangs favour for good. Western pulled away with a 15-0 run and led by as much 26 points.
"We didn't play determined basketball for a full 40 minutes, we just didn't bring our best," said McMaster head coach Joe Raso. "We matched their intensity for only eight minutes."
Marauders forward Graham Hewitt led McMaster with 14 points and six rebounds, but hurt his team when he had to leave the game with foul trouble mid-way though the first half.
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