By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The Lancers men’s basketball squad dropped a close game in Hamilton Saturday night as the 8th ranked McMaster Marauders survived 70-68 in front of 429 spectators.
The defensive struggle saw Windsor trailing by two at the end of the first quarter and the teams tied at 31 at the half. The Lancers led by two at the end of the 3rd, but the difference in the game were two free throws made by McMaster’s Taylor Black with six seconds left to play. Lien Phillip’s jumper brought Windsor within two with three seconds left, but they couldn’t get any closer.
With Matthew Evans and Josh Collins still out of the line up, Phillip registered another double-double scoring 17 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.
Enrico Diloreto also stepped up to fill the void as he led all scorers with 26 points. The Windsor guard added two steals and three boards to his stats.
Windsor was hampered by poor shooting as the team registered just 36% from the floor.
The Lancers now sit ranked at 10th in the CIS with a 7-5 record, and are two games behind 1st place McMaster in the OUA Western Division.
Windsor will return home to face Guelph on Wednesday night at St Denis. They will then host Brock Saturday afternoon.