Volume 94, Issue 70
Friday, January 26, 2001
Taking out the trash - Mustangs take Hawks 104-62
Dave Van Dyck/Gazette
By Jordan Bell
The pistols are firing on all cylinders for the Western Mustangs men's basketball team. as the Mustangs disposed of the Laurier Golden Hawks 104-62 Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.
The win improves the Mustangs' regular season record to 4-2, including a string of four straight victories.
From the opening tip, the Mustangs controlled every aspect of the game. They toyed with the Golden Hawks on the offensive end, and consistently shut them down on the defensive end.
Western head coach Craig Boydell said he credits his team's work ethic for the victory.
"The absolute key is we played hard," Boydell said. "We weren't always pretty, but we just kept playing hard."
The Mustangs comfortably distanced themselves in the first half, going to the locker room up 53-37 at the half. The tide didn't change in the second, with the Mustangs increasing their lead until the game got out of hand.
Balance was the main ingredient for the Mustangs success, with six players hitting double digit numbers. Forward Matt Tweedie finished with 22 points, nine assists, and four steals. Rookie forward Nick Salomans had a season high 16 points, and forward Andy Kwiatkowski added 15.
The Golden Hawks seemed outclassed the entire game. Laurier head coach Peter Campbell offered a simple explanation.
"I think Western is a much better basketball team," Campbell bluntly stated. "Top to bottom, they have better players. I don't think our best guy would get in until about their eighth or ninth guy."
The Canadian University basketball world was shocked when Western started the season with two straight losses. Things seem to be back to normal, with Western re-establishing themselves in the national spotlight. Boydell said he believes the Mustangs, with their many new faces, just needed all the cogs to come together.
"In basketball, there is a concept, and a system to go along with that concept," Boydell explained. "We're not running the system yet, but we're understanding the concept."
Wednesday's game was the second consecutive time the Mustangs have eclipsed the century mark. The crowd seemed all too pleased, erupting when the feat had been established. The Mustangs will get their first opportunity to showcase their skills on live television, when they travel to Guelph to face the Gryphons Saturday at 2 p.m.. Tweedie said he acknowledges the threat the Gryphons pose.
"Guelph is definitely for real," Tweedie said. "They have the horses, and if we don't run our systems it will be a long day."
The Mustangs' basketball adventure
This is a short list of the next round of games the Mustangs men's basketball team will be playing in the near future.
Jan. 27 @ Guelph, 2 p.m.
Jan. 31 vs. Brock, 8 p.m.
Feb. 03 @ Laurier, 2 p.m.
Feb. 01 @ Windsor, 8 p.m.
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