Marauders hold off stubborn Mustangs

The McMaster Marauders men’s basketball team downed the Western Mustangs 90-85 in London on Saturday. Scott Brittain (Oakville) scored a game high 23 points and recorded 14 rebounds in the Ontario University Athletics win.

Within the first quarter, McMaster’s defensive efforts, led by Brittain, forced five Mustang turnovers in the quarter, allowing the Marauders to take an initial 19-12 lead.

Despite 10 Mustang turnovers at half, Western tightened the score to 42-38, as Ryan Barbeau (Belleville) led Western’s offensively with 22 points, shooting 100 percent from the free-throw line. The Mustangs outscored the Marauders 26-23, in the second quarter, but still trailed 42-38 at half.

Western once again outscored McMaster in the third quarter 26-21, due in part by Barbeau’s continued perfection from the foul-line, as he went 7-7. Western ended the third quarter ahead 64-63. McMaster had a total of 26 fouls to Western’s 16.

McMaster continued to extend the lead throughout the final quarter, sinking 32 baskets.

In addition to Brittain’s scoring power, Cam Michaud (Grimsby) contributed 22 points, despite getting fouled out mid-way through the fourth quarter.

The win puts McMaster in a four-way tie for third place in the OUA West. The team looks to continue its successful 2011 campaign on Wednesday, (Jan.12) when they take on the first place Windsor Lancers at home in the Burridge Gym. Game time is 8 p.m. and can be heard live on CFMU 93.3.