McMaster (13-5, 5-5) 85, Laurier (9-12, 5-7) 54… 6’6″ Matt Quiring, added to the starting lineup, finished a perfect 10 for 10 from the floor, virtually all inside and on the offensive glass against a porous Laurier post “d” and Marauders out rebounded the Hawks 47-25 in an 85-54 lambasting in Hamilton. Quiring, who finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds including 5 on the offensive glass, was the beneficiary of several nice looks from Marauder drives into the lane and had numerous tip-ins against a Laurier front-line that provided little rim protection. Mac also got a strong game from 6’4″ Lazar Kojovic who had most of his 14 points in the first half when Marauders took charge as McMaster shot 50% from the floor for the game despite making only 2 of 12 threes overall. Golden Hawks 6’8″ forward Matt Chesson missed his first 6 shots and finished with 12 points, which led the Hawks along with 6’0″ Tevean Kokko, but Chesson had just 3 boards – all offensive and when the game was well decided (Mac led by as many as 38 in this one-sided affair). Chesson also struggled defending the ball screen, allowing Quiring to get free inside for several of his first-half scores. 6’7″ Connor Gilmore shot just 3 for 13 but did finished with 15 points – 12 in the second half – and 11 rebounds for the Marauders. Laurier shot just 28% overall including 3 for 23 from downtown. Golden Hawks face Guelph on Friday as Gryphons debut their new facility while McMaster travels to Guelph the following night.
Windsor (12-5, 7-4) 85, Western (4-14, 2-9) 78… 6’7″ Luke Allin had 21 points including several key, momentum-changing jumpers while 6’5″ Mitch Farrell added 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists as the Lancers held off the visiting Mustangs. Western hung in on the heroics of 6’3″ Jedson Tavernier and 6’0″ Omar Shiddo, who combined to shoot 15 for 30 from the floor including 5-12 from 3 but struggled on the glass (lost rebounding battle 41-29) and allow Windsor to shoot 40% from 3. Allin made at least 3 big shots at the near the end of the shot clock that quelled Western runs while Farrell continues to add energy and experience to the Lancers rotation even as he shakes off the cobwebs of not playing for 1 1/2 seasons. Tavernier had arguably his best shooting game of the season, getting in a fine rhythm but the Mustangs offered little resistance in the paint and around the rim. The teams meet again Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall in London.