The University of Manitoba Bisons edged the University of Winnipeg Wesmen 79-78 in the Men's Basketball portion of the 26th Annual Duckworth Challenge held in the Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium Saturday night.
With the loss, the Wesmen fall to 6-4, and the Bisons improve to 4-6 in Canada West division play.
The Bisons were led by Keith Omoerah's double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. AJ Basi added 19 points while Ilarion Bonhomme finished with 16.
Five Wesmen players scored in double-digits led by Sean Tarver's 14 points. William Sesay had 13 points and six rebounds. Billy Yaworsky had 12 and Denzel Lynch-Blair and Narcisse Ambanza each scored 11.
Both teams shot the ball well to begin the game, with the home side shooting 50 percent from the field, and the visitors shooting 61.5 percent. Keith Omoerah led the quarter for the Bisons with eight points, and Ilarion Bonhomme put up another seven. The Wesmen were led by Narcisse Ambanza, who put up seven points for the home side. Winnipeg tightened up defensively in the second quarter, holding Manitoba to just 40 percent shooting from the field. The Wesmen also maintained their 50 percent shooting, and widened their lead to 46-37 at halftime.
After an even third quarter, the Bisons came out strong in the fourth, starting it off on an 11-2 run, giving the Bisons a two-point lead just halfway through the final quarter. The teams exchanged looks the rest of the way, and then Omoerah hit a contested shot to put the Bisons up by three with just 37 seconds to play. On the very next possession, Sean Tarver tied the game by converting his three-point shot with under 24 seconds to go. On the last possession, Omoerah missed a three, but Joey Nitychoruk grabbed the rebound, and drew a foul with just half a second to go. Made the first, missed second, to give the Bisons the heart stopping 79-78 victory.