Led by Cam Michaud’s game-high 23 points and six rebounds, McMaster Marauders downed the Western Mustangs, 77-63, in Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball.
Wednesday’s (Feb. 8) game, was McMaster’s second last home game of the regular season. The win improved Mac to 14-5, good for third place in the West division. Western fell to 7-12.
Two three-pointers would get the Marauders started for the night, coming from captains Michaud and Victor Raso. With good defence at either end of the court, it would keep the game low scoring and with 4:30 on the clock in the first, the Marauders would have a three-point lead, 8-5. The Mustangs would tie it 8-8 with three minutes to go, but the quarter would end 15-10 in favour of McMaster with three points from Raso to end the quarter.
The beginning of the second would see McMaster go on an 8-0 run, with six of those points coming from Michaud. Up 23-10, the Mustangs would be forced to call a timeout. Despite the timeout, the Mustangs were unable to cool off the Marauders, as the half ended with the home team up by 10 – 37-27.
The Marauders continued to push on offence in the third quarter, with Michaud and Raso really making the difference. Western’s struggles on offence would be highlighted by some great defence from McMaster and on the other end, the Marauders would be making the most of opportunities to score as well as rebound offensively.
A 20 point lead would be built up by McMaster in the third, with contributions from the captains, as well as rookie Aaron Redpath and Taylor Black. The Marauders would lead 63-45 going into the final quarter of the game.
That large lead would finally be broken down around 2:30 when a number of completed foul shots by the Mustangs would get them to 70-61. Flirting with that nine point lead, the Marauders held on in the final minutes to win it 77-63.
Redpath was named the Big Mac Player of the Game for his 17 points and Raso scored 13 points and added seven rebounds.
For the Mustangs, Peter Scholtes was the Big Mac Player of the Game for his 20 points and teammate Ryan Barbeau matched that with 20 more. Greg Morrow had 10 points and six rebounds.
The Marauders travel to Guelph to take on the Gryphons on Saturday at 3 p.m.