Bears edge Pronghorns in offensive shootout

Bears edge Pronghorns in offensive shootout

Paul Cartledge - Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics

EDMONTON – With three players on each team cracking double digits, the University of Alberta Golden Bears came out on top with a 97-86 victory over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, Saturday afternoon at Saville Community Sports Centre.

Fourth-year guard Geoff Pippus scored a career-high 24 points for the Bears, draining five treys and going perfect at the free throw line on seven attempts. Fourth-year forward Mamadou Gueye hit 10 of 11 from the charity stripe, earning 19 total points and seven rebounds. Third-year guard Austin Waddoups added 10 points.

Hailing from San Leandro, California, fourth-year guard Dejon Burdeaux also notched a career-high with 35 points, third-year guard Zac Overwater adding 12 points and seven boards while rookie guard Colton Gibb netted 10 points.

The Bears got the early jump on a low-scoring quarter, putting up 10 straight points before some free throw success got the 'Horns back into the game, but Alberta continued to work the long ball, Pippus draining two straight to have the Bears up 16-11 after one quarter.

The offence started kicking in the second, however, both teams shooting over 44%, Lethbridge shooting at a 61% clip, but foul trouble allowed Alberta to get an edge at the charity stripe, sinking 10 of 11 to get a two-point edge in the quarter and a 45-38 lead at halftime.

Yet Burdeaux spearheaded a third-quarter surge, scoring Lethbridge's first 12 points and assisting on the next two buckets to get the Pronghorns up by one, the two teams going back and forth until the Bears regained momentum late in the third.

Gueye's shot-fake that turned into a pass to Roughead for a dunk in tight, followed by Roughead using his 7'1" height to grab two straight offensive rebounds over the heads of the Lethbridge defenders completely steered the momentum into Alberta's hands, the home team using it to start an 11-0 run that continued into the final quarter.

When rookie guard Sam Newman grabbed a defensive rebound and caught a streaking Lyndon Annetts down the court for an uncontested layup, the Bears offence was on fire and didn't let up for the remainder of the quarter.

Adding insult to injury, Alberta kept going strong at the charity stripe, knocking back 13 in the final quarter to have three-straight 20-plus-point quarter. 

The 14-5 Bears and 12-7 Pronghorns will end their regular season on Sunday, game time going at 7:00 p.m. MT.