By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – In a close run thing, the visiting Western Mustangs edged out the Windsor Lancers in overtime at St Denis Fieldhouse, last night, by a score of 85-83. The second straight loss for Windsor drops the Lancers’ record to 5-3 in the OUA West, a half game behind the Mustangs for first place, with one game in hand.
Trading baskets from the opening tipoff, the Mustangs quietly build a 2-point lead at the end of the 1st quarter in a 4-point lead at the half way mark. Conversely, in the second half, Windsor outscored Western in each of the 3rd and 4th quarters.
With just over two minutes remaining, and trailing by two points, Mike Rocca hit on two free throws to tie things up. However, 19 seconds later, Western’s Greg Morrow converted on a jumper to ease the Mustangs in front again. Mitch Farrell was then fouled in the paint by Jedson Tavernier, and the Windsor guard made two from the line to tie it at 75. Khalid Abdel-Gabar then turned the ball over with just 18 seconds left, by Morrow missed his opportunity and the game went into overtime.
The teams again traded baskets until Morrow ended it one a jumper with just five seconds left in the period.
Farrell led the Windsor effort with 22 points and 10 boards for the double-double. Rotimi Osuntola Jr added 16 points in the loss while pulling in 8 defensive rebounds. And Alex Campbell had 15 points off the bench for Windsor, in a strong 26 minutes.
Rocca and Campbell were perfect from the free throw line (5-5 and 6-6 respectively) while Farrell drew six fouls and made Western pay by hitting 10-for-12.
In total, the two teams played hot potato with the lead 16 times throughout the night and the game was tied 21 times.
Windsor will be on the hardwood again on January 14 in Waterloo. They return to St Denis on January 23 to meet with the nation’s top ranked team, the Carleton Ravens. Tipoff at 8:00 pm.