Rocca leads Lancers to upset win over Dal Tigers


Windsor (5-1) 83, Dalhousie (6-2) 75… 5’10” Mike Rocca put together another in a continuing string of prolific performances from the point guard spot, going off for 20 points on sizzling 6 of 7 shooting from beyond the arc, grabbing 9 rebounds and adding 4 assists in 38 minutes while handling on virtually every Windsor possession as the Lancers gained a confidence-building win over one of the top teams in the country Dalhousie Tigers.

While Tigers were coming off an emotionally-draining win last night over Brock, Lancers under Head Coach Chris Oliver continue to deliver solid performances regardless of the roster.  Windsor led for most of the afternoon, extending to as many as 11 in the second half before Tigers had one last run to get it to 3 with just under 2 minutes remaining.  But 6’4″ sophomore Lucas Orlita knocked in two of his 4 threes in the game in the fourth quarter and Lancers sewed it up on the line to grab the upset.

6’2″ Kashrell Lawrence was a load inside for the Tigers with 32 points (11-18 shooting) and 7 rebounds while 6’6″ Sven Stammberger added 21 points with 6 boards.  Tigers were hurt by a dismal 3 for 21 effort from beyond the arc.  Meanwhile, the Lancers were efficient going 14 for 35 (40%) and assisted on 21 of 30 field goals overall.  6’4″ Randy Oriaki had a 17-pont, 10-rebound double double including 7 offensive boards while star scoring machine 6’2″ Micqueel Martin again struggled from the field at just 5 for 21 but still finished with 14 points and 7 assists.  Tigers played without the services of 6’9″ center Ryall Stroud who also missed much of last night’s game against Brock.

In Montreal, Laurentian Voyageurs got their first win of the young season with a 79-66 victory over UBC-Okanagan as another illustrious freshman – this season may feature the finest crop of young first-year players in recent memory – 6’2″ Kadre Grey had 37 points to lead the Voyageurs.  The dynamic combo guard has a strong combination of breaking defenders down off the bounce and making perimeter shots.  Voyageurs are currently short handed but Coach Shawn Swords by all accounts has his team well motivated, well prepared and hungry to push toward the top of the OUA.

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