It was close for a while, but the Marauders pulled away just before half time and went on to a decisive 87-51 victory over the Mohawk Mountaineers in a pre-season exhibition men’s basketball game at McMaster’s Burridge Gym on Tuesday (Oct. 16).
The Marauders led by eight points early in the second quarter, but the Mountaineers trimmed the deficit to 22-20. However, McMaster went on a 12-2 run to close out the first half and led 34-22.
The home team really went to work the rest of the way, leading 61-36 after three quarters and then outscored the visitors 26-15 in the final period.
In what was a physical ball game, Mohawk had a tough night shooting. They were just 16-of-78 for 20.5 percent. They also didn’t help themselves at the free throw line, making only 15 of 30 attempts, for 50 percent.
McMaster shot 43.3 percent from the floor and were 80.9 percent from the line.
Manny Campbell led Mohawk with 11 points. Andrew Cicuttini had seven. For McMaster, Adam Presutti scored 20 points and Aaron Redpath collected 13.
McMaster competes in Ontario University Athletics while Mohawk is a member of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.