Volume 94, Issue 67

Tuesday, January 23, 2001


Waterloo wins OT thriller to snap the streak

Laurier clips Mustangs

Mustang men take it to the hoop

Lady-ballers slaughter Thunderwolves 93 - 44

Mustang men take it to the hoop

By Jordan Bell
Gazette Staff

The object of basketball is simple – score more points than the other guys.

The Western Mustangs men's basketball team did just that, handily defeating the Lakehead Thunderwolves 108-88 Saturday night at Alumni Hall.

The win places the number three nationally ranked Mustangs above .500, at 3-2.

Coming off a walk-in-the-park win the night before, the Mustangs were prone for a letdown on Saturday. Centre Chris Brown said he felt the Mustangs were too focused to let that happen.

"It wasn't very hard to find motivation," Brown said. "We knew that if we came out flat, they had guys who could fill it up from [the three point line]."

The Mustangs had another stellar shooting performance going 57 per cent from the field. They used this strong shooting and sound ball movement (15 assists) to pull ahead 53-36 at the half.

Lakehead came out fired up in the second half, and in an uncharacteristic feat, scored 52 points against the defensive wall of the Mustangs. Mustang head coach, Craig Boydell, credited Thunderwolves point guard Andrew Stevenson for the increased numbers.

"He basically gave us fits," Boydell said. "A lot of their scoring came from his penetration and kicking."

The 52 points allowed by the Mustangs in the second half, are among the most they have surrendered this season. Some teams have a hard time equaling that output the entire game, let alone one half. The Mustangs had no excuses though, and Boydell was willing to give credit where credit was due.

"They had an outstanding game today," Boydell said. "I have to give a team that scores 52 points against us an awful lot of credit."

Arousing interest in the box score, Western forward Andy Kwiatkowski laid a 37 point beating on the Thunderwolves. Usually a dunking phenomenon, Kwiatkowski performed a masterpiece, hitting threes and moving well without the ball to reach his season high.

The Thunderwolves had their one shot at an improbable come-back when they pulled within eight points, with four minutes left in the second half. It was all for naught though, as Western buried consecutive three pointers to restore the lead.

"We thought we had a shot at it," said Thunderwolves head coach, Lou Pero "But we got into the foul situation and they made their free throws."

The Mustangs record continues to improve. One of the keys to their dominance of lately has been the powerful play of their big man, Brown.

The "bunnies" that weren't dropping early in the season are now falling, and the glass is safe with Brown manning the middle. Brown said he attributes the turnaround to an increased focus and work ethic.

"I've just tried to work a lot harder," Brown said. "I'm focusing on finishing and concentrating on the little things that I hadn't been doing well."

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