REGINA, Sask. – The Saskatchewan Huskies led from nearly start to finish on Friday night in a 77-53 win over the Regina Cougars in a Canada West men's basketball game at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
Saskatchewan (5-2) jumps into sole possession of fifth place in the Canada West standings with the win.
Shane Osayande collected his fifth double-double of the Canada West schedule with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Saskatchewan, while three other U of S players approached double-double territory. Matt Forbes finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, Emmanuel Akintunde added eight points and 11 rebounds, and Jaylan Morgan finished the game with nine points and nine rebounds.
The Huskies finished the game with a massive rebounding advantage, pulling down a total of 68 boards to Regina's 38. Saskatchewan grabbed a total of 22 offensive rebounds, helping the Huskies to a 20-4 advantage in second-chance points.
Brandon Tull led the U of R with 12 points. Alex Igual, Brian Ofori, and Travis Sylvestre each had eight. The Cougars (4-3) are now tied for sixth place in the conference after the setback.
The Cougars jumped out to a 5-2 advantage on a Tull triple in the opening two minutes, but that turned out to be the home side's only lead of the game. A three ball by Osayande put Saskatchewan back into the lead a minute and a half later, and the Huskies stayed ahead for the remainder of the contest. They went on a 10-0 run in the first which included back-to-back triples by Osayande and Chan De Ciman and led by eight after the first quarter, then finished the first half on a 7-0 run to go up 34-21 at the break.
Igual and Ofori had back-to-back buckets early in the third to get back to within double digits, but that was as close as the Cougars would come. Saskatchewan replied with seven straight points to build up its largest lead of the contest, took a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter, and put the game away by outscoring the Cougars by a 20-11 margin in the final 10 minutes.
The two teams – who combined to shoot a dismal 5-for-50 from three-point range – will look to find their shooting touch on Saturday night as they meet again to close out the weekend series and the first half of the Canada West schedule. Game time is again set for 8 p.m.