By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers extended their win streak to three games by holding on against the Laurentian Voyageurs 96-88 in front of a raucous crowd. Six Lancers needed to score the double digits against the persistent visitors, who threw everything they had against the boys in blue.
Head Coach Chris Oliver relied heavily on his starting line-up. Lien Phillip played 39 minutes and was a presence at both ends of the court. The 6’ 8” forward racked up a double-double as he scored 19 points and added 17 rebounds to his CIS leading total. Phillip is currently tied for first with 89 boards with Ben Baker of the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Stepping up his game last night was fifth-year starting point guard Josh Collins. The general arts student registered a rare triple-double by putting up 24 points, pulling down 10 boards, and dishing off 11 assists, on 36 minutes.
Windsor trailed the Voyageurs 15-14 at the end of the 1st quarter and held a tenuous 3-point lead at the half. Difficult to defend against, Laurentian was constantly pressuring Windsor as they out shot them inside and outside the arc. The Voyageurs were 52% and 32% shooting on the game compared to Windsor’s 39% and 29%. The difference was in the disciplined game played by the Lancers.
Laurentian logged 27 personal fouls whereas Windsor were caught only 16 times. That was the difference in the final score as the Lancers went 25-32 from the line and the Voyageurs were just 4 for 6.
Other stand-outs for Windsor were Enrico Diloreto with 18 points and 2 steals, and Khalid Abdel-Gabar who came off the bench to play 22 minutes and scored 10 points, 5 rebounds, and made 5 steals.
Windsor are tied with McMaster for top spot in the OUA West Division with matching 5-3 records. The Lancers will next play back-to-back games against Lakehead next Friday and Saturday at the St Denis Centre. Tip off for both matches is at 8:00 pm.