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Friday, January 31, 2003

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Peaker meets the mark

No Grozelle, no problem.

Niru Somayajula/Gazette
"PEAKING" SOME INTEREST. Mustangs guard Adam Peaker was tough inside, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, in Western's win over Windsor.

Without the Western Mustangs' 50-point man, point guard Jimmy Grozelle, the men's basketball team still came out on top 67-64 over the Windsor Lancers in another exhilarating contest at Alumni Hall Wednesday night.

Guard Adam Peaker sent a dagger through the Lancers heart when he buried a three-pointer from the top of the arc with 13 seconds remaining, putting the Mustangs ahead 65-64.

Windsor made a last-ditch effort to score, but were called for an offensive foul when a Lancer utilized the forearm shiver on a Mustangs defender.

So Adam, did you have second thoughts about taking the big shot?

"No and that's why I made it," Peaker explained. "Sometimes I hesitate too much and I would've missed if I had hesitated [on that shot]."

The aforementioned Grozelle (out with a knee injury) was presented with the game ball and video tape from his 50-point performance on Saturday by Western sporting icon Bob Gage. The ceremony was met with raucous applause from the Western crowd.

Initially, the absence of the gunslinger spelled doom for the Mustangs, as they looked completely out of sync on the offensive end. The Lancers snagged an early and easy 25-9 lead.

However, the Mustangs bucked the tide and reeled off a 13-0 run to close out the first half and head to the locker-room trailing only five points.

Unfortunately, the Mustangs once again fell asleep in the second half and the Lancers recovered a seemingly comfortable 59-46 advantage, only to have the Mustangs come back and set the stage for the final shot.

Western head coach Craig Boydell and the rest of the coaching brass were euphoric after the victory.

Boydell put the win into perspective.

"This win was enormous for us," Boydell said. "It was a serious gut check for a lot of our players."

Boydell added, "Although a lot of people probably came out tonight to see Jimmy, they got something else and were shown what this team is all about. There are certain games you remember and this is one of them."

Peaker finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, guard Mark Porte added 14 points and guard Scott Seeley supplied nine points off the bench.

– Jordan Bell

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