The McMaster men’s basketball team handily defeated the Western Mustangs, 69-55, Wednesday night (Feb.9 at the Burridge Gymnasium. The Marauders are now fourth in the Ontario University Athletics West division with a 10-9 record with three regular season games left.
The Marauders were fired up in the first quarter and the Mustangs were a little slow to the start as McMaster went into the second quarter up by six. In the second, though the Mustangs would come roaring back and would bring the score within three, 33-30, going into halftime thanks to game-high scorer Andrew Wedemire (Sarnia). His work on the post proved effective against the Marauders as the fifth-year senior scored 19 points on the night.
It was smooth sailing for the Marauders after halftime as they out shot the Mustangs 25-12 in the third. Cam Michaud (Grimsby) would record another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Scott Laws (Gormley) would lead the Marauders in scoring on the night with 14 points and 5 assists.
Despite Western’s efforts in the fourth, the Mustangs wouldn’t be able to overcome the large lead built up by the Marauders in the third and McMaster would take the win.
Along with Michaud and Laws, Nathan Pelech (Mississauga) and Jordan Tew (Greensville) scored 13 and 10 points respectively. Kenan Etale (Dundas) would record a game-high 13 rebounds in the win.
The Marauders travel to Guelph on Saturday, Feb. 12 to take on the Gryphons in their second match up of the season. Mac will be looking for revenge after a loss on Jan. 29 to the Gryphons. The game tips of at 3:00 p.m.