It is said basketball is a game of runs, and the McMaster men’s basketball team used more frequent and longer runs to defeat the visiting Guelph Gryphons 89-64 in Ontario University Athletics action on Wednesday night (Nov. 27).
Early on it looked like Guelph’s Zack Angus would be the next player to set a career high in the Burridge Gym as he drained two treys and a regular hoop to account for all the Gryphon scoring as the teams were tied 8-8 early. McMaster then went on a 10-2 run to lead 18-10, but before the opening quarter had ended Guelph had tied the game at 18-18 and it was only a Nate Pelech three-pointer at the buzzer that allowed Mac to hold a 21-18 lead.
McMaster opened the second quarter by scoring the first five baskets to boost the lead to 13. Guelph’s top scoring threat Angus picked up his second personal foul and had to spend time on the Gryphon bench in the quarter. The Marauders maintained the advantage and held a 40-28 lead at halftime.
The third quarter saw McMaster go on its most damaging run of the game as it outscored the Gryphons 20-5 to start the period and took the game’s biggest lead at 60-33. Guelph was able to trim the deficit before the end of the period, but still trailed 62-42 heading to the final quarter.
Behind some sweet shooting from Angus and Michel Clark, Guelph tried to make a run of its own in the fourth but could not get closer than 19 points. Another run by the Maroon pushed the score up to 76-50 midway through the fourth quarter and the teams cleared their benches as the clock ran down to a final 89-64 McMaster victory.
McMaster got 16 points from Taylor Black, 12 from Nathan McCarthy, and 11 from Trevon McNeil on what was a very balanced scoresheet. McCarthy nabbed BIG MAC player of the game honours as he grabbed 12 rebounds to register a double-double and added three blocks.
Zack Angus scored a game high 17 for Guelph, and was the Gryphon player of the game.