The McMaster men’s basketball team surprised the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, 92-82, in Waterloo on Saturday in Ontario University Athletics play. It was Laurier’s second loss of the season at home.
The Golden Hawks took a 43-35 lead thanks to 16 points each from Kale Harrison and Maxwell Allin. Laurier went cold from both the floor and the free throw line in the third quarter and the Marauders took advantage. McMaster dropped 28 points in the frame, highlighted by some strong play from Adam Presutti.
Presutti led McMaster in the game with 26 points while Victor Raso chipped in with 19. Nathan McCarthy and Aaron Redpath each scored 12 points off the bench to round out the top scorers for McMaster.
For Laurier, Harrison finished as their leading scorer as he dropped a game high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds. Allin also cracked the 20 point barrier, finishing with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds.
While both teams posted similar numbers across the board, one telling statistic from the game was bench scoring as the Marauders outscored Laurier 37-13.
The Marauders improved to 13-5 on the season and are third in the OUA West Division while Laurier’s 15-3 record has them second.
McMaster returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 8 when they host the Western Mustangs at 8 p.m. at the Burridge Gymnasium.