Volume 94, Issue 59
Tuesday, January 9, 2001
Mac claims victory in battle of OUA titans
WHAT FOUL? McMaster pullet out all the stops, even applying cross-face chicken wings last weekend, as the Mustangs were beaten by the Marauders 78-75
By Joel Brown
Score round one to McMaster.
Forward Graham Hewitt and the number five ranked Marauders knocked out the nationally number one ranked Western Mustangs in a nail-biting 78-75 overtime victory on Saturday.
Hewitt helped end the Mustangs 18-game winning streak with six seconds left in overtime when he put back guard Steve Maga's errant jumper with an emphatic dunk, putting McMaster up 76Ð72.
Western forward Andy Kwiatkowski made things interesting when he managed score on the other end of the court off a layup and was fouled in the process with three seconds left. However, on his foul shot, Kwiatkowski mistakenly sank his free throw when the plan called for him to purposely miss the in hopes of one of his teammates securing the rebound and then getting the chance to tie the game.
When McMaster got the ball back, guard Mark Maga, Steve's brother, was quickly fouled. He sunk both of his free throws and with only two seconds left in the game, Western was forced to throw a full court pass to centre Chris Brown, who came up short on the quick three-point attempt.
Western had a chance to pull ahead with five seconds left in regulation time, but missed three consecutive put-back attempts.
"I told everybody before the game that every point would count they certainly did," said McMaster head coach Joe Raso, who was understandably thrilled to gain the psychological advantage over his division rivals.
"No question this is a big win. Especially since it was a game between them, the number one ranked team in the country, and us, the defending [Ontario University Athletic West] champions."
Despite both teams having plenty of capable scorers, the game came down the matchup between Hewitt and Kwiatkowski. Hewitt finished as the game's leading scorer with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Kwiatkowski lead Western with 12 rebounds and had 22 points.
As expected, the game was a seesaw battle between the two OUA West powerhouses. With Western leading by five points at halftime McMaster was able to come out in the second have and stifle the Mustangs with a high intensity defence. Most of the Mustangs players were forced into low-percentage shots, resulting in Western shooting only 20.6 per cent in the second half. On the day the Mustangs show only 32.4 per cent from the field and went 3Ð13 from three-point range.
"It shows us we can play not well offensively and not shoot well and still expect to play with top teams," said Western head coach Craig Boydell.
In the battle of the point guards, Mustang Jimmy Grozelle limited Marauder Steve Maga to six points while scoring four of his own.
Guard Chedo Ndur scored 13 points, with seven of them being collected in the overtime period. Forward Matt Tweedie scored 11, while centre Chris Brown chipped in with 10, going only 1Ð11 from the field but 8-8 from the charity stripe.
Marauder guard Doug Doyle, who is notorious for playing well against Western, scored 19 points and went 2 for 3 from the three-point line.
Western will get their chance for revenge this coming weekend when McMaster returns to London on Saturday. But before then they still have the task of trying to start a new winning streak when they square off against Waterloo tomorrow at 8 p.m..
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