Mustangs shoot 54% from three, hammer Windsor by 25


Western (5-14, 3-9) 90, Windsor (12-6, 7-5) 65… Mustangs produced their most dynamic shooting effort of the season, building a 27 point halftime lead by shooting 60% from three before halftime, finishing the game 15 for 28 from beyond the arc in a dominant victory at home over the Lancers to split their home-and-home set after Windsor won at home on Wednesday night.  Six different Mustangs made three-pointers, led by their pair of newcomers in the back court:  6’1″ Omar Shiddo and 6’2″ Eriq Jenkins who combined to score 26 first-half points.  Also very key in the victory and for Western’s fortunes moving forward was the steady work at both ends of 6’6″ Cam Morris, who appears all the way back from a series of knee injuries that have curtailed a once-promising career and had 16 points and 7 rebounds including a perfect 4-4 from three-point land.  More importantly, Morris grabbed several in-traffic rebounds, especially during key stages of the third quarter when Windsor gained some momentum behind the incredible offensive quarter of 5’10” Mike Rocca, who had 20 points in the third including 4-5 threes, one of the single greatest offensive quarters in recent memory in CIS/CIAU/U-Sport.  Rocca was virtually unstoppable knocking down 3’s with hands in his face, step backs and also got in the lane to finish in traffic, helping Windsor get a 33 point deficit down to 17 at one point.  But Western was equal to every Windsor run, getting tremendous ball movement and the infectious benefit of making shots that filtered down to every player on the floor.  Western used a 21-4 run late in the first quarter to build a 15 point lead and then made 5 of their next 6 threes to take an insurmountable 27 point lead into halftime.  Rocca helped make it somewhat of a game but the rest of the Lancers shot a combined 3 for 24 from downtown as Western got themselves back in the playoff hunt and more importantly gave the young Mustangs a shot of much needed confidence.  Windsor travels to Algoma for a pair of games next weekend in Sault Ste. Marie while the Mustangs unfortunately for them do not play again until January 27th (13 days) when #2 Ottawa and #1 Carleton come to Alumni Hall for back-to-back games.

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