Justin McCaffrey, Mount Royal Sports Information
CALGARY – A 17-2 run at the end of the second half propelled the Mount Royal Cougars to a 93-72 victory over the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Thursday night at Kenyon Court.
Third-year guard Glen Yang led all scorers with 32 points on opening night for the Cougars. Dejon Burdeaux had 19 for the Pronghorns in the loss.
Mount Royal and Lethbridge took turns swinging at each other early. Defence was at a premium in the first quarter as both sides were able to rack up the points. Glen Yang and Brett Layton each had six points for Mount Royal in the first, while Dejon Burdeaux had six points of his own on route to Lethbridge's 21-20 first quarter lead.
The Pronghorns slowly added to their lead, holding Mount Royal to only two points after five minutes of play in the second quarter. Burdeaux had is way with the Mount Royal defenders, slashing and cutting past them at every turn on his way to the basket.
The game hit a massive lull midway through the second quarter as neither side could muster much offence. Down 30-22, the Cougars staged a dramatic comeback. Brett Layton pounded the ball inside and started to takeover the game in the paint. The Cougars capped a 17-2 run with a Glenn Yang buzzer beater sending Mount Royal to the locker room up 39-32.
Yang's sharpshooting continued in the second half. After Lethbridge knocked down a three-pointer to start the third, Yang stepped right back up and buried a three of his own to put the Cougars back up seven.
Derek Wolf got himself into the perimeter game, burying a deep three to extend Mount Royal's lead to 57-45 with just over two minutes left in the quarter. Mount Royal kept their foot on the gas and extended their lead to 17 after three quarters of play.
Lethbridge got five quick points off a Deangelo Ashley dunk and a Mike Pierzchala three-pointer to start the fourth. Neither team decided to defend the outside shot and as a result, deep shots went uncontested on both ends of the floor. The Pronghorns' hole was just too big to dig out of and the Cougars took the first game of the weekend series 93-72.
Lethbridge suffered their first loss of the season dropping their record to 2-1. Mount Royal is currently perfect, sitting at 1-0.
The Cougars and Pronghorns will play the second leg of their home and home series on Saturday evening beginning at 7pm MST.