By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – With a win Saturday evening, the Windsor Lancers have kept pace with Western and sit just a half game out of 1st place in the OUA West with one game in hand on the Mustangs. Windsor dispatched Laurier 94-87 for their second win in a row and to boost their record to 7-3 on the year.
The Lancers came out blazing in the first half, running away to a 29-15 lead after 10 minutes. The home side then expanded their lead to 20 points at the half on the strength of a 25-19 2nd quarter. At one point Windsor was up by as much as 24 points.
However, the Golden Hawks finally woke up in the 2nd half and made a game out it. Laurier out-scored Windsor by six points in each of the final two quarters, but fell short of the full comeback.
Windsor relied on the inside game, scoring 48 points in the paint. They also stole the ball a combined 11 times, 4 by Khalid Abdel-Gabar alone, and made Laurier pay the price with 25 resulting points.
Rotimi Osuntola Jr was the big shooter for the Lancers with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Osuntola was also dominant in his own zone making all of Windsor’s 4 blocks.
The Lancers also received timely shooting from Evan Matthews, who put up 21 points, and from Abdel-Gabar, with 20.
The Lancers will close out January with four home games, starting with Carleton on Friday and Ottawa the next night. The tipoff both evenings will be at 8:00 pm.