Volume 94, Issue 70

Friday, January 26, 2001


Taking out the trash - Mustangs take Hawks 104-62

Western baller grabs OUA honours

Golden Hawks play for the birds

Western baller grabs OUA honours

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

Scoring 58 points in 55 minutes over two games is sure to turn some heads.

Forward Andy Kwiatkowski, from Western's men's basketball team, did just that and caught the attention of the Ontario University Athletics head office, as he took home this week's Athlete of the Week honours after dominating two games against Lakehead this past weekend.

Friday saw Kwiatkowski score a game-high 21 points in a win over Lakehead and he followed that up with a season-high 37 point performance the next day.

"It's exciting," Kwiatkowski said of the award. "My parents were the ones who told me and they were excited about it. I never really even knew about the award."

The Kitchener native transferred to Western this year after attending Simon Fraser University for two years. After sitting out a year to regain his eligibility, the graduate computer studies student has virtually replaced All-Canadian Micah Bordeau, who exited last year as a fifth-year senior, in the role of the Mustangs feature scorer. He is second in the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletics Union in points scored, with a 22.8 ppg average, and has been Western's leading scorer in all but one of the team's 27 games.

"In the last few games he's really gotten better," said Western head coach Craig Boydell. "It was surprising to see how many points he had at the end of the game on Saturday, and that's a good thing because that means they came within the flow of the game."

If Kwiatkowski keeps up this pace it should spell good fortune for the Mustangs in the post-season.

It's a big thing that's always a key element of teams who expect to be competitive down the road," Boydell said. "Teams will have to focus on him and send double teams. That will allow us to do more things offensively."

This will be the first year Kwiatkowski gets the chance to compete for a national championship. While at SFU his team competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, an American sports governing body, didn't have the opportunity to participate in post-season play-offs. When Kwiatkowski grew tired of playing what amounted to a season of exhibition games, he packed his bags and set up shop in London.

"At SFU we won 20 games in the two season I played," Kwiatkowski said. "At Western we won 20 games before Christmas."

And things have definitely changed since the forward donned his first university basketball uniform.

"I can remember he might have had one rebound his first game here," said SFU head coach Scott Clark. "He played like a boy amongst men."

It would seem Kwiatkowski has done a lot of growing up since then.

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