Marauders ice-cold second half dooms playoff run

The Windsor Lancers used a dominant second-half to defeat the McMaster men’s basketball team 85-70 and end the Marauder playoff run in the quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton.

(Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Rick Zazulak/McMaster Athletics)

The first-half offered up the kind of basketball expected from these two fierce rivals as McMaster held a slim 20-19 lead after the first-quarter and pushed it up to a single basket at 43-41 by halftime.

The Lancers began to take control in the third quarter as the Marauders struggled, both with fouls and the zone defense that Windsor threw at them. After 30 minutes Windsor had taken the lead 61-58.

McMaster was not at its best today at both ends of the court, as shots were not falling and needed stops did not happen. As the Windsor lead crept up over the final stanza, the confidence of the Lancers bloomed and the Marauders saw the clock run out on their season.

Windsor’s starting five played very well, with all of them in double-digit scoring, led by Alex Campbell with 18. Top shooter for McMaster was Joe Rocca, who finished with 18. In his final game as a Marauder, Taylor Black was saddled by foul trouble all afternoon and played only 19 minutes before fouling out with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Marauder shooting went ice-cold in the second half, as the team only made 9 of 36 attempts for a field-goal percentage of 25%.

Windsor will now move on to the OUA Final-Four, while the Marauders can start making plans for next season. With only Black guaranteed not to be back, McMaster fans can remain optimistic about the team’s prospects moving forward.

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