Lethbridge 80 Montana State-Northern 65 Wednesday in Lethbridge

  • From Dave Wells, Lethbridge, Alberta
    Lethbridge improves to 13-8 overall. They are 11-6 in U Sports and 6-4 in the Canada West conference (at least if I read Martin’s great work accurately.)
    Montana State-Northern are a NAIA Division I school from Havre, Montana. This was their first loss of 2015-16, with an overall record of 11-1. Their Frontier Conference mark is 2-0.
    Lethbridge jumped out to a 26-6 lead. The locals were up 29-11 after one quarter, 43-27 at the half and 63-42 following three frames.
    Official stats will be determined off the video, but unofficially six-foot-eight third-year Letbhridge forward Zac Overwater led the winners with 25 points. His shooting form and range have improved dramatically, which has also aided his driving effectiveness. Six-foot-four Elliot Sentance added 17. Unquestionably, six-foot guard Dejon Burdeaux was man-of-the-match. I hereby launch a campaign for Burdeaux as Canada West and U Sports Defensive Player of the Year if he can remain healthy. Burdeaux is capable offensively too, despite being perhaps the least inclined to shoot good import I’ve ever seen in U Sports. It’s a totally different team when he is not on the floor.
    Two players made their debuts for Lethbridge Wednesday. Mahmoud “Junior” Sesay, a six-foot-three (generous program listing) wing, who previously played for Victoria, joins Lethbridge with four years of U Sports eligibility remaining. In recent seasons Lethbridge has primarily played zone defence, but have converted to almost all man this time around (albeit with generous switching on the perimeter) and Sesay looks capable of aiding this style.
    Mark Rodehutskors, has a chance to be a key piece of the Lethbridge future. Turning 17 in late July it was decided the now six-foot-six (perhaps ultimately taller) 3/4 would be best served redshirting his first season. However, rules allow for redshirts to play in two non-league competitions during a season without threat of burning eligibility.
    The next Lethbridge action comes Jan. 6-7 when they host UNBC in a Canada West doubleheader. The following Jan. 13-14 weekend, Saskatchewan visit the ‘Bridge for a league double-dip.

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