Blues give up late lead, drop 6 point affair to Northwestern State


Northwestern State 85, Toronto 80  The Demons finished the game on a 9-4 run, surging ahead after breaking the 12th tie of the game with just over 2 minutes remaining to complete their tour of Canada undefeated with a tight win at the Goldring Center in Toronto.

Blues star senior forward 6’5″ Devin Johnson authored another double-double, this time with a team-high 28 points while adding 11 rebounds while 6’3″ Assumption College transfer Reilly Reid continues to show he is likely to be one of the better newcomers in the entire CIS this season with 23 points including 3 for 7 shooting from downtown.

The Blues led 69-64 with 6 1/2 minutes remaining however Northwestern State tied the game buoyed by a pair of jumpers by 6’1″ junior guard Devonte Hall, who had 11 of his 17 in the fourth quarter.  Northwestern State stayed in the game on the dead-eye shooting of 6’3″ senior wing Sabri Thompson, who had 29 of his game-high 34 points in the first three quarters and did not miss from the three point line going a scorching 7 for 7.  Still, Varsity was able to weather that storm until late.

In a tight and well played affair, neither team had leads larger than 5 points after Toronto jumped out to an early 13-6 lead, with numerous lead changes throughout.

The Blues again played without 6’5″ wing Manny Suhota, who was injured in the Bahamas and also missed the Wake Forest game but John Campbell‘s troops got a tremendous effort from emerging 5’11” sophomore guard Christopher Barrett (Vaughan S.S.) who had 13 of his 18 after halftime including 4 of 9 3’s.  This team is rapidly developing into one of the more intriguing teams in the OUA/CIS this season, especially with the addition of Reid who provides another high-end CIS scorer and the emergence of the athletic Barrett.

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