Warriors claim foundation-building road win at Laurier


Waterloo (5-12, 3-9) 79, Laurier (10-13, 6-8) 71… Before a near-capacity, weekday day time crowd filled with students, the Warriors built early leads at 40-16 and held off a couple of late Golden Hawk rallies, including a personal 9-0 run by 5’10” Tevaun Kokko to gain an important road win this afternoon.  Warriors have had trouble scoring early in recent games but were able to knock down a couple of early 3’s and get the ball inside to 6’5″ freshman Nedim Hodzic (28 points, 9 rebounds on 14-26 from the field including 16 before halftime) to jump to a large, quick lead.  Meanwhile, 6’4″ senior wing Ben Davis made life difficult for the dynamic Kokko who Warriors coach Justin Gunter described as “one of the more gifted 5’10” scorers I’ve ever seen in the OUA… a shifty, great finisher”.  But Davis’ length, strength and athleticism helped hold Kokko to just 1 for 9 shooting and 2 turnovers in the first half.  Kokko did finish strong with 28 points on 8-22 shooting, helping to make it a game late with back-to-back 3’s that got it to 6 at 67-61.  But, out of a Waterloo timeout, Davis turned the corner and got to the rim and then 6’0″ freshman Simon Petrov helped clinch the game by beating some pressure and feeding Hodzic to rebuild the lead to double digits late, finally deciding the outcome.  Laurier shot only 29% for the game including 7-28 from three while the Warriors shot 44% in the decisive first half with only 5 turnovers.  Waterloo faces Ryerson this weekend.

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