(WINDSOR, ON) – The Lancers men’s basketball squad had their work cut out for them as they headed into the OUA quarter-finals in Westdale Saturday afternoon against the nationally ranked No.4 McMaster Marauders. The No. 5 Lancers had dropped the regular season meeting to McMaster 84-72 in Windsor on November 29, so a trip to Burridge Gymnasium was daunting task. Windsor was up to the challenge, knocking the Marauders out of the post-season by a score of 85-70.
McMaster jumped out in front with an early basket and were up by 8 half way through the 1st quarter. However, by the buzzer, Windsor had battled back to within a single point, 20-19.
In the 2nd quarter, the teams exchanged the lead four times until the Marauders moved up by as much as 6 points. However, again the Lancers wouldn’t go away and the half ended with the home team in front 43-41.
In the 3rd, the Lancers started to establish their game as the score was tied up no less than five times, with Windsor taking the subsequent lead each time. At the end of 30 minutes, the Lancers enjoyed a 3-point spread, 61-58.
Throughout the final frame, Windsor continued to edge their lead upwards, first by 6, then by 9, the largest lead of the game, with 4:30 left to play. The Lancers were on top by as much as 17, with 1:20 remaining on the clock, and eased out the last few seconds for a hard fought playoff win.
All five Windsor starters shot in the double digits, led by Alex Campbell with 18 points, and added 7 bounds and 3 steals. Khalid Abdel-Gabar was close behind with 15 points and 5 dishes.
However, Evan Matthews and Rotimi Osuntola Jr each put up 13 points followed by 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively. Matthews then added 3 blocks and a steal for good measure.
Mitch Farrell rounded out the starters scoring with 10 points.
Windsor continued to have troubles from downtown, hitting just 3-for-20 from outside the arc. However, the Lancers out-scored McMaster 58-30 as they battled in the paint, and converted turnovers by a 17-10 spread.
The Lancers now move into the OUA Final Four as they travel to Ottawa to meet the Gee-Gees on March 6.