#9 Lakehead 60, #8 Western 58 5’10” Henry Tan knocked down a clutch 3 off an offensive rebound scramble with 12 seconds remaining as the Thunderwolves avenged a home playoff loss to the Mustangs from two seasons ago with a solid road win at Western. T-Wolves blew a large early second-half lead and trailed by 2 with 22 seconds remaining before slick guard Nick Burke got bumped by Tom Filgiano trying to get to a ball screen. With Lakehead in bonus, Burke made the first but the second rolled around and out and, off a scramble 6’4′ Alex Robichaud somehow pushed the ball out to Tan – who scored all 7 of his points after halftime, who was wide open on the right wing and the lefty made no mistake. Western had a last second look by Alex Coote from the right corner that came up short and Lakehead survived to face Ryerson on Saturday night. Western had taken a two-point lead on a clutch 17 foot jumper from the top of the bowl by 6’3″ Greg Morrow (17 points, 11 rebounds) before Tan silenced the large, raucous crowd at Alumni Hall with his only 3 of the night. Lakehead packed the paint in the first half and Robichaud kept Morrow in check as the Wolves jumped out to leads as large as 16. Western shot 25% in the first half. But Lakehead turned the ball over multiple times in the second half (11 turnovers after halftime), leading to run outs as 6’2″ Jedson Tavernier (all 7 points in the second half) came off the bench with a steal and a lay-up and then brought the house down with a break-away two-handed slam followed by a banked 3 to give Mustangs a late lead. But 6’5″ Bacarius Dinkins (15 points, 5 rebounds, 8 turnovers) knocked in an elbow jumper and then had an emphatic block of an apparent easy lay-up by 6’5″ Peter Shoaltes (15 points), setting up the last minute heroics.
#5 Windsor 82, #12 Laurentian 73 6’5″ Alex Campbell had a career-high 39 points in the final home game of his career and Lancers advanced to an OUA quarter-final sudden death game at McMaster at 2 PM ET on Saturday. Campbell added 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals while shooting 13 for 21. Voyageurs, who led by 1 at halftime, received a tremendous performance from slick 6’2″ guard David Aromolaran who finished with 25 points and 9 assists.
#6 Brock 98, #11 Laurier 80 6’6″ Dani Elgadi had 19 of his game-high 29 points in the second half as the Badgers pulled away, shooting 54% as a team and holding the Golden Hawks to just 8 for 30 shooting from 3 in advancing to Saturday’s OUA quarter-final against Carleton at the Raven’s Nest in Ottawa. Elgadi added 11 rebounds for a double-double . Golden Hawks star shooter Will Coulthard playing the final game of his fine career finished with just 14 points on 3-17 shooting including 2-11 from 3 in what turned out to be the final game in the legendary coaching career of Peter Campbell.
#7 Queen’s 87, #10 Toronto 70 6’9″ Ryall Stroud had a career-high 20 points and added 14 rebounds with a dominant performance inside while guards Andrew Mavety and Mark Paclibar combined to shoot 5 for 11 from downtown as the Gaels handled the Blues. 6’6″ Tanner Graham keyed a game-deciding run that busted open a 26-26 tie with back-to-back 3’s and 8 consecutive points as the Gaels won their first playoff game in over a decade. Graham is a star in the making, knocking down shots from the perimeter and punctuating his great night with a thunderous two-handed dunk on an aggressive take along the baseline to beat two defenders. Queen’s shot 11 for 25 from 3 and held the Blues to just 31% shooting including 3 for 17 from beyond the arc. Queen’s travels to Ottawa to face the Gee-Gees at Montpetit Hall on Saturday night.