Scott Laws hit a fade away three pointer with a little under a minute left to help secure a McMaster Marauders 93-90 win over the Waterloo Warriors in Ontario University Athletics West division basketball play on Wednesday (Jan. 26).
The Marauders overcame a 44-38 half time deficit to improve to 8-7 in the division. Waterloo dropped to 6-9.
Laws finished with 23 points on the night. The play of guard Kenan Etale was also key in the win. He finished with a game high 26 points, eight rebounds and five steals, including a drive that he took the length of the floor to give McMaster a 92-88 lead in the dying seconds.
With a number of key players out with injury, Nathan Pelech stepped up to score 19 points to round out the double digit scorers for McMaster.
Waterloo led much of the second half until the late rally by the Marauders. Laws made a free throw with nine seconds left to put McMaster up 93-90 and the Warriors missed a three point attempt in the dying seconds to give McMaster the key conference win.
Mike Wright made some key buckets in the final quarter for Waterloo and finished with 18 points and eight assists. Tim Rossy was the top scorer for the Warriors with a 23 point, 10 rebound double-double performance.
McMaster returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 29 when they host the Guelph Gryphons as part of the 2011 Marauder Weekend Festivities. Game time is 2 p.m. at the Burridge Gym.