Connor Hood - Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics
EDMONTON – The University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball team were the beneficiaries of four players hitting the ten-point mark, as they cruised past the MacEwan University Griffins 90-68, Thursday night at Saville Community Sports Centre.
NEED to know: The game was the first ever between the two schools in Canada West regular season play, and the win improves the Bears to a perfect 9-0.
Game Star: Geoff Pippus (AB) – 20 points, 6-8 from 3-point range, 7-11 shooting, 3 rebounds
Game Star: Denzel James (MAC) – 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals
The Bears and Griffins have met three times previously in Canada West play, but all three games were in last year's conference divisional play-in round, with Alberta coming away with a 2-1 victory.
Similar to previous weeks, the Golden Bears continued their dominance from behind the arc on Thursday, connecting on 15 three's, compared to just seven for MacEwan. Pippus drained a game high six from distance, while Austin Waddoups (4-6), Ivan Ikomey (2-2), Mamadou Gueye (1-2), Andre Kelly (1-2), and Dwan Williams (2-2) also hit a three in the win.
Pippus, Waddoups, Gueye, and Clarke also finished with double digit point totals in the win, giving the Bears four starters with more than ten points. MacEwan, meanwhile, had just two players who hit ten, as Denzel James and Thadius Galvez finished with a team-high 12 points each.
The Golden Bears took immediate control of the game, outscoring MacEwan 24-11 in the opening quarter. Waddoups and Pippus combined for 16 of Alberta's 24 points, with Pippus going a perfect 4-4 from downtown.
The second quarter was much closer, with MacEwan narrowly edging Alberta 22-21. Galvez went 4-8 from the floor in the second, scoring ten of his 12 points in the second. Pippus, however, recorded another six points, while Gueye dropped in five points in four minutes.
The game fell out of reach in the third quarter, as the Bears used a 16-2 run to all but squash MacEwan's chances at earning a 'W'. The Bears also outscored MacEwan 16-15 in the fourth, with mostly bench players on the floor, en route to the convincing 22 point win.
The two Edmonton teams will square off once again on Saturday, as the Griffins host the Bears at 2:00 p.m. at MacEwan's City Centre Campus Gym.