(HAMILTON, ON) – In a game decided by just a single point, the Windsor Lancers edged by the McMaster Marauders on the road in Hamilton. The 79-78 win marked the second straight year Windsor eliminated the No. 5 Marauders from the post season and propelled the Lancers into the OUA Final Four.
Windsor opened the game with an 18-4 run and finished the 1st quarter with a 23-15 lead. McMaster fought back in the 2nd and turned the tables on Windsor. The teams went to the dressing rooms at half time tied at 40.
The Lancers got the upper hand in the 3rd, establishing a 4-point lead 65-61, despite trailing by as many as 6 points. Though the Marauders continued to fight their way back into the game, Windsor managed to hold on in the final frame, giving up 17 points to the home team, and a 3-point buzzer beater that left McMaster a point shy of tying the game.
The battle for Windsor took place in the paint as they scored 33 of their total from under the basket. The dominant force for Windsor was Alex Campbell, as he has been for much of the season. Campbell threw up a game high 33 points for the Lancers with McMaster having no answer for stopping him.
Isiah Osborne helped Windsor’s cause with 18 points while also making 5 assists. Tyler Persaud and Marko Kovac both contributed in double digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Persaud chipped in 11 boards to register a double-double on the afternoon, while Kovac added 7 rebounds.
Like the Lady Lancers, the men will meet Ryerson in the opening round of the Final Four. Windsor and the Rams will go head to head March 11 at 8:00pm on Ryerson’s home court, the Mattamy Athletic Centre, in Toronto.