Nicole Betker, University of Saskatchewan
SASKATOON – Pulling off a comeback, the University of Winnipeg Wesmen salvaged a weekend series split with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies after 96-92 overtime win Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
After Saskatchewan led 28-21 in the first quarter and 54-44 at halftime, Winnipeg began to chip away in the second half. Entering the final quarter, the Wesmen were down by seven at 72-65.
Winnipeg pulled within one of the Huskies with seven minutes left in the game. After a Saskatchewan timeout, Winnipeg took the lead on a Jamar Farley three-pointer. But the Huskies answered at the other end of the court with a three of their own. Denzel Lynch-Blair hit a layup to return the lead to Winnipeg with just over three minutes left. The Wesmen went on to take a three-point lead but Trevor Severinski hit a three-point shot and got the foul call with one-minute left for a four-point play at 85-84. Trading points, the teams were tied at 87 with 1.9 seconds left. The Huskies couldn't convert for the win sending the game to overtime.
Winnipeg scored the first basket in the extra five minutes and added five more points by Ryan Oirbans. With 30 seconds left, the Wesmen made it a five-point game on a William Sesay layup. Unruh and Severenski tallied the five points for Saskatchewan in the overtime period.
With the win, the Wesmen are 3-1 in the young Canada West men's basketball season. The Huskies are 2-2. A night earlier, the Huskies won 76-68.
Sean Tarver led the Wesmen with 21 points from the bench, while Sesay recorded a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Marcello Kambola and Lynch-Blair also scored double-digits with 17 and 11 points respectively.
Shane Osayande led the Huskies with his fourth straight double-double recording 23 points and 16 rebounds. Alex Unruh added another 20 points for Saskatchewan and Severinski 14.
Saskatchewan shot 45.8% in the game, while Winnipeg shot at 48.6%. The Huskies dominated the boards outrebounding the Wesmen 43-28.
The Huskies remain at home to host the Brandon Bobcats next weekend, while the Wesmen return home to host the Lethbridge Pronghorns.