Nov 26, 2016
Lucas Meyer, Dinos Communications Assistant
CALGARY - The University of Calgary Dinos got over another slow start Saturday night as they blew out their opponents for the fifth straight game, defeating the Lethbridge Pronghorns 91-59.
The team improved to 5-1 with the victory, dropping the Pronghonrs to 4-4.
Jhony Verrone opened up the scoring with a three-pointer early on, but the offences for both teams lagged to just a 13-13 mark at the end of the first quarter.
The Pronghorns were able to hold the Dinos offense at bay in the second, taking a 33-27 lead with just under two minutes remaining.
However, the Dinos ended the half in a flurry, scoring eight points in the last minute and 47 seconds, led by Canada West scoring leader Thomas Cooper who had 15 points at halftime. It was still just 44-41 midway through the third, but then the Dinos really started to play.
"We just picked it up on defense," Verrone said.
From that point on, the Dinos outscored the Pronghorns 17-3, with Max Eisele hitting back-to-back layups to go into the fourth 61-44.
The Dinos continued to cruise, putting up 30 points in the fourth, punctuated by an incredible alley-oop between Mambi Diawara and Matt Ellis at the 1:55 mark.
As Diawara was going out of bounds from underneath the basket, he tossed it up to a trailing Ellis who threw it down with a massive one-handed jam.
Cooper (17), Verrone (14), Diawara (15) and Lars Schlueter (12) all finished in double-figures, while Dejon Burdeaux was the only Pronghorn to do the same with 11.
Calgary dominated in the paint, winning by a 51-26 margin in the area, while holding Lethbridge to just 30 per cent shooting. The No. 3 ranked Dinos have won all their games by at least 24 points, but Verrone said they still haven't played their best basketball.
"We don't know what our ceiling is," he said. "We just need to keep getting better."
The Dinos play their second split-series of the season starting on Thursday, Dec. 1st, taking on city rival Mount Royal at the Cougars gym, before meeting them again Saturday night at home.