(WINDSOR, ON) – As part of the tradition in men’s basketball at the University of Windsor, each year the team hosts visiting squads from the NCAA as part of the Tip-Off Classic. This year is no different despite the year-long absence of head coach Chris Oliver.
Last night, interim coach Ryan Steer continued the streak of victories against the visiting American teams as the Blue and Gold defeated the Indianapolis Greyhounds 89-79 in Game 1 of the two-game match-up.
The Lancers entered the game after just a few days of practice to shake off the summer inactivity. The boys ran out to a 13-8 lead mid-way through the 1st quarter but the Greyhounds found their footing to lead at the buzzer 20-18.
At two points in the 2nd quarter, Indy led by 16 points before the Lancers turned the dial to determination and fought their way back to trail by just four, 43-39, at the half.
In the 3rd frame, Windsor began to whittle the deficit down little by little. Strong defense and some timely steals helped the team to turn the corner and they closed out the 30 minutes down by three.
The Indianapolis lead was eliminated when Marko Kovac hit a trey 30 seconds into the 4th period. He then sent Windsor into the lead with another from downtown, a minute later, and the Lancers would never look back from that point.
Kovac finished the game with 21 points on 5-for-13 shooting, including four from beyond the arc. The 2nd year guard out of Herman High School was nearly perfect from penalty stripe, hitting 7-for-8.
Leading the Lancers was 5th year grad student Alex Campbell with a game high 23 points and contributed defensively with 2 steals and a block.
Also finishing in double digit territory was 3rd year business student Mike Rocca. The Sarnia native was good on 66.7% shooting and pulled down 7 rebounds in the win.
On the other side of the house, Jordan Loyd and Joe Retic each scored 21 points for the Greyhounds.
The game saw no less than nine new-comers dressing for the Lancers, including Pim Hurkmans who was fresh from a summer of playing with the Dutch U20 development squad. The 6’ 9” forward saw 12 minutes on the hardwood, hitting for 9 points on 80% shooting.
The two sides will be back at it at St Denis Fieldhouse this Thursday, tipping off in Game 2 at 5:00 pm.