Rocca On Point As Lancers Stop McMaster

McMaster's Connor Gilmore (11) and Rohan Boney (22) watch as Windsor's Tyler Persaud avoids the block attempt by Lazar Kojovic (44) during OUA men's basketball action between the McMaster Marauders and the Windsor Lancers during regular season play at the St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, on 15 February 2017. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

McMaster’s Connor Gilmore (11) and Rohan Boney (22) watch as Windsor’s Tyler Persaud avoids the block attempt by Lazar Kojovic (44) during OUA men’s basketball action between the McMaster Marauders and the Windsor Lancers during regular season play at the St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, on 15 February 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Another outstanding performance from Lancer senior Mike Rocca lifted the Lancers to a 91-87 overtime victory over the visiting McMaster Marauders, on Wednesday night at the St Denis Centre.

With only one game remaining in the regular season, the win was crucial in the RPI rankings as the Lancers now hold a 10-9 record and the Marauders, who are currently one spot up on the Blue and Gold in the rankings, fall to 8-10.

Down 77-71 with 3:28 remaining in regulation, Lucas Orlita hit a three to kick start the Lancer comeback.

After a pair of Luke Allin free throws, Rocca hit a layup then stole the ball from the Marauders to make another from down deep, just before the shot clock expired, to put Windsor up 80-77 with 30 seconds remaining.

McMaster hit a three with 17.2 seconds left to to draw even and send the game into overtime.

After the Marauders opened the extra frame with a 7-4 run, Rocca was fouled while making a jump shot, and hit the extra point to tie the game at 87. Two huge blocks from Allin gave the Blue and Gold and Rocca the ball back.

The fourth year senior scored from in the paint with 40 seconds to go, then the Lancers stopped the McMaster offense and killed the shot clock. Allin hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to earn the 91-87 win.

McMaster's Lazar Kojovic (44) misses the block on Windsor's Mike Rocca during OUA men's basketball action between the McMaster Marauders and the Windsor Lancers during regular season play at the St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, on 15 February 2017. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

McMaster’s Lazar Kojovic (44) misses the block on Windsor’s Mike Rocca during OUA men’s basketball action between the McMaster Marauders and the Windsor Lancers during regular season play at the St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, on 15 February 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Rocca finished with a game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds. Mitch Farrell ended up with 16 points, Micqueel Martin had 15, and Allin rounded things out with 12.

Connor Gilmore led the Marauders with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Windsor will now host the Brock Badgers on Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm. Prior to the game the Lancers will recognize the 2006-07 OUA championship team and then honour this year’s graduating seniors in a post-game presentation.

Windsor's Micqueel Martin (5) strikes the pose for 2 points during OUA men's basketball action between the McMaster Marauders and the Windsor Lancers during regular season play at the St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, on 15 February 2017. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s Micqueel Martin (5) strikes the pose for 2 points during OUA men’s basketball action between the McMaster Marauders and the Windsor Lancers during regular season play at the St Denis Fieldhouse in Windsor, on 15 February 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Elisa Mitton
Elisa Mitton is the Sports Information Coordinator for Lancers Athletics at the University of Windsor. Email Elisa Mitton
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