Matt Gutsch - Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics
EDMONTON – The University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball team went to the three-point well often on Saturday, and came up with buckets of treys during a lopsided 83-52 victory over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack at the Saville Community Sports Centre.
NEED to know: Golden Bears lead Canada West standings with 6-0 record Game Star: Mamadou Gueye (AB) – 17 points, 3-3 from 3-point range, 7 rebounds, 3 assists Game Star: Volodymyr Iegorov (TRU) – 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals Stat Line: Golden Bears – FG: 33-69 (47.8%), 3PT: 12-31 (38.7%), FT: 5-8 (62.5%), 43 rebounds, 15 fouls, 19 assists, 17 turnovers, 3 blocks, 11 steals WolfPack – FG: 20-64 (31.3%), 3PT: 3-14 (21.4%), FT: 9-10 (90%), 35 rebounds, 14 fouls, 5 assists, 19 turnovers, 2 blocks, 6 steals
Alberta sunk 12 from outside the arc on Saturday, draining almost 40% of their 31 attempts, as they climbed to a perfect 6-0 record to start the 2016-17 Canada West season. The Golden Bears lead the conference standings, and have scored a conference high 512 points for (85.3 points per game average) in the process.
Leading the way tonight was fourth-year forward Mamadou Gueye, who had 17 points on the night, but point guard Austin Waddoups had 16 and Andre Kelly came off the bench to score 10 points. Both Waddoups and Gueye put back a trio of three-pointers each, with Mamadou shooting 100% from outside, while Kelly and Geoff Pippus both banked a pair of treys each.
The WolfPack now drop to 1-5 on the season, and were led by both Volodymyr Iegorov and Joe Davis who each registered 10 points in the loss. Iegorov, who previously played professional with BC Budivelnik and hails from Donetsk, Ukraine, also added five rebounds, two blocks and two steals for TRU. Mike Rouault chipped in with 10 rebounds, which was the single player game high on the night, and eight points.
Alberta faces the 2-2 Manitoba Bisons next weekend, in Winnipeg, while TRU host the UBC-Okanagan Heat next weekend in Kamloops.