Igual, Ofori lead Cougars to home win over Saskatchewan

Igual, Ofori lead Cougars to home win over Saskatchewan

(By University of Regina Sports Information)

REGINA, Sask. – Alex Igual had a career-high 25 points and Brian Ofori collected a double-double to help lift the University of Regina's men's basketball team to an 83-74 win over the Saskatchewan Huskies on Saturday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

The two teams traded leads a total of seven times over the first 25 minutes of the game, but a 9-0 run by the Cougars – which saw Igual score all nine points including triples on back-to-back possessions – gave the Cougars the lead for good. Regina took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter and never led by fewer than six points down the stretch.

The Cougars sealed the win with just over 30 seconds to go, when they stole an inbounds pass following an Aaron McGowan bucket and an Ofori dunk gave Regina a late double-digit lead.

"I thought we competed harder on the glass tonight which obviously was a big factor in Friday's game," Cougars head coach Steve Burrows said. "The Huskies are a good, well-coached team so I'm happy we were able to find a way to earn a split after last night."

Igual hit four of his nine three-point attempts and was 9-for-18 from the field overall, while Ofori had 19 points – also a career high – and 10 rebounds for the second double-double as a Cougar. Samuel Hillis added 10 points as he hit double figures for the first time in a U of R uniform.

Shane Osayande had a team-high 21 points for Saskatchewan and had nine rebounds to fall just short of a double-double. Alex Unruh added 15 points for the Huskies, while Chan De Ciman scored 12.

The two teams both see their Canada West records move to 5-3 on the season. They entered the weekend tied for fifth in the conference standings, but are now tied for fourth thanks to Winnipeg's two losses to Manitoba.

Both squads will play non-conference games before returning to the Canada West schedule in January. Saskatchewan will play NAIA opponents Hope International and Vanguard at the Bill Reynolds Classic in late December in Costa Mesa, Calif. Regina will compete in the Wesmen Classic hosted by the University of Winnipeg.