UBC (1-0) 94, Lethbridge (0-1) 81… 6’7″ Conor Morgan started what many believe will be an All-Canadian season with a bang, scoring 20 of his game-high 32 points in the first half of a dominant UBC win at home over the visiting Pronghorns. Morgan added 8 rebounds while shooting 9 for 11 from the floor including 3-4 from 3 in just 27 minutes as the T-Birds built leads as large as 24 in the second half of the comfortable win. UBC also got a nice start from touted 6’2″ guard Isaiah Familia, the two-time Windsor (Ont.) Mr. Basketball recipient, who knocked down consecutive 3’s on his very first two possessions in a UBC uniform, helping the Birds to build an early 17-6 lead. Lethbridge was able to get it down to 6 at 27-21 before Morgan took over and his dunk late in the second quarter culminated a 24-11 run that gave UBC a 19 point lead. Familia finished with 8 points in 20 minutes. The Horns got 14 points on 4-5 3’s off the bench from 6’4″ freshman Southern Alberta Scott Mazutinec and debuted a pair of new imports in 6’6″ Elliott Sentance and 6’8″ DeAngelo Ashley. Sentance, a U.K. native who played his freshman season at Kankakee CC in Illinois last season, went 3-16 from the floor (0-6 from 3) finishing with 9 points in 27 minutes while Ashley added 8 points and 4 rebounds in his Lethbridge CIS debut after transferring in from Fresno City College in California. 6’2″ Dejon Burdeaux, another FCC product who begins his second season in Lethbridge, finished with 12 points in 34 minutes before fouling out. Lethbridge meets Fraser Valley in Abbotsford tonight before a Sunday afternoon rematch with UBC in Vancouver.
In other Canada West action, Regina had 6 players in double figures including touted newcomer Johneil Johnson with 12 in a 92-78 win at Brandon. 6’0″ U.S. import Tyvon Cooper, a Junior College transfer from Orange County CC, had 19 to lead all scorers for the Bobcats. In Kelowna at the UBC-O Heat Classic, MacEwan defeated Thompson Rivers 80-74 in OT while Saskatchewan Huskies knocked off the host Heat 68-56.