It took awhile, but the McMaster men’s basketball team was able to step up its play in the second-half to secure an 81-70 victory over the hometown Warriors on Saturday (Jan. 19) in Waterloo.
The Marauders jumped out to an early lead on a Waterloo team that had won its last two Ontario University Athletics games. The Warriors were able to keep it close through the first quarter, but when Mac’s Jason Quiring hit a three at the buzzer, the McMaster lead was 25-18.
The second quarter saw a reversal of fortune for the Warriors, as McMaster started to commit numerous turnovers, something that has plagued the team all season, and the Warriors were able to knot the score at 38-38 at the intermission.
Coming out for the third quarter, McMaster got consecutive three-point goals from Joe Rocca and Taylor Black to grab a six-point lead that it maintained for the rest of the period. Heading into the fourth, the Marauders were on top 59-54.
With Black providing most of the offense, the Marauder lead grew to as many as 14 points and while the Warriors kept chipping away, they could not get enough stops to sustain the comeback run and ran out of time. Marauder Aaron Redpath stepped up in the fourth, scoring 10 points, including six free throws.
The Marauders had five players hit double figures, led by Black with 21 and 9 rebounds. Nathan McCarthy and Rohan Boney each scored 13, while Redpath and Scott Laws chipped in 10 each.
McMaster’s OUA record improves to 7-6, and the team will next head to Windsor on Wednesday (Jan. 23) for a game against the first-place Lancers.