Mustangs storm to early lead, defeat Varsity Blues

Mustangs got what could be a career-high 24 points from Anthony Spiridis while Greg Morrow added a tidy 19 as Western pulled away off the opening tip and was rarely challenged in an 81-56 Mustang victory at Alumni Hall this afternoon.

Blues got off to a terrible start this afternoon after yesterday’s afternoon’s heartbreaking loss at Windsor in which Toronto led by 4 with 40 seconds remaining only to lose.  Off the opening tip, U of T was just 1 for 7 with 3 turnovers, falling behind 18-4 as 6’2″ sophomore guard Jedson Tavernier had 7 points in the run to start the game.  6’6″ Devin Johnson, who continues to be U of T’s sole consistent offensive threat, had 12 consecutive points for Varsity, cutting the deficit to 7 after which Spiridis keyed a run to give Western a 40-24 halftime lead.  Tavernier, who made 7 of 12 shots from downtown in a pre-season victory over UPEI at the Cape Breton tournament, this afternoon ended a dubious streak by knocking one down from beyond the arc late in the game – the sophomore guard had missed his first 24 shots from downtown over Western’s first five OUA regular season games.

Toronto did not get closer than 15 in the second half and frustrations set in – some of which were justifiable bringing back not so fond memories of OUA West referees – as 6’3″ Sage Usher was ejected late in the game.  Johnson was very good offensively for Toronto with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 3’s.  However, the Mustangs isolated the 6’6″ forward defensively to some success; in general, U of T, playing their second tough road game in 24 hours, left much of what they had on the floor in Windsor.



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