No. 5 Dinos sprint to 86-70 win over Cougars

No. 5 Dinos sprint to 86-70 win over Cougars

(By University of Regina Sports Information)

REGINA, Sask. – The University of Calgary went on an early 8-0 run and never looked back, leading by at least double digits for almost the entire game in an 86-70 win over the Regina Cougars in a Canada West men's basketball game at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

David Kapinga and Mambi Diawara both led the No. 5-ranked Dinos with 16 points, while Thomas Cooper and Lars Schlueter scored 12. Calgary improves its Canada West record to 12-3 with the win as they remain in second place in the conference standings.

Regina's Johneil Johnson was 9-for-13 from the field and had a game-high 22 points in the loss.

Calgary led from nearly wire to wire, with the Cougars opening up the game with a bucket on their first possession but the visiting Dinos responding immediately with eight consecutive points as part of a 14-2 run to take a lead they would never relinquish. They led 28-14 after the first quarter and would have taken a 20-point lead into halftime were it not for Johnson's triple from the left corner at the buzzer.

Regina came up with one rally late in the contest after a 14-3 run for the Cougars brought the lead down to 12 with two and a half minutes to go, but U of R didn't score a field goal the rest of the way as Calgary marched to a convincing victory.

The Dinos boasted a well-balanced offence as all 12 players in Calgary's lineup got on the scoresheet. Besides the four players in double figures, Calgary also got eight points off the bench from Matt Ellis and six from starting post Mitch Ligertwood. Diawara, Cooper, and Schlueter all tied for the team lead with five rebounds while Diawara also led Calgary with five assists.

Calgary shot 50% as a team from three-point range, hitting 14 of 28 attempts from beyond the arc. Diawara (4-for-4), Kapinga (4-for-5), and Schlueter (4-for-8) led the onslaught from downtown for the Dinos, who were 47.4% from the field overall in the win.

Johnson also had a game-high six rebounds for the Cougars, while Alex Igual had a 16-point performance. Travis Sylvestre and Brandon Tull both chipped in with seven points for Regina, which falls to 6-9 on the season.

The two teams will close out the weekend series on Saturday night at the CKHS. Game time is set for 8 p.m.