Bears use scoring six-pack to cement win

Bears use scoring six-pack to cement win

Paul Cartledge - Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics

EDMONTON – With six different players hitting double digits in scoring, the University of Alberta Golden Bears put a stop to their three-game losing streak and earned a 95-78 win over the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades, Saturday night at Saville Community Sports Centre.

Fourth-year forward Mamadou Gueye scored a team-high 18 points while sophomore forward Brody Clarke recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Guards Dwan Williams (sophomore) and Geoff Pippus (fourth-year) added 13 and 12 points, respectively, while fellow guards Austin Waddoups (third-year) and Lyndon Annetts (fourth-year) netted 11 apiece.

Senior guard Manny Dulay had the biggest night for the visitors, recording a game-high 27 points and eight three-balls while third-year guard Denver Sparks-Guest put up 18 points in the loss.

The two teams played pretty evenly in the opening quarter, tying things up on the scoreboard five times and shooting exactly the same from beyond the arc.

Yet the Bears earning more opportunities at the charity stripe started to give them an edge and it continued into the second quarter when Alberta went 3-for-3 from the free throw line and shored up their defence by outrebounding the Cascades 14-6.

Not to be outdone, the Bears exploded for offence to start the second half, leading with an 11-3 run in the first three minutes before senior centre Brett Roughead made the most of his short playing time with the game's turning point.

With 3:05 left in the third, the 7'1" athlete dunked a perfect alley-oop from Waddoups before Fraser Valley's Sukhman Sandhu, a rookie forward standing almost as tall at 6'10", replied with a dunk of his own that also came with an extended staredown as the two ran back up the court.
Roughead responded in the best way possible, executing a layup for a hoop as well as some harm, Sandhu fouling and then watching the Coleman, Alta. native sink the free throw for a 63-52 Bears lead.

From then on, Alberta could do no wrong, performing more dunks on the Cascades or getting the ball to bring success from long distance.

With about 90 seconds left in the game, Clarke spotted Gueye downcourt and heaved a throw towards the Québec City native. Initially, the ball went off his foot, but he recovered the ball to Waddoups, the American-born athlete returning it to Gueye after drawing over the defence for an uncontested dunk.

With 42.5 seconds left, Pippus stayed perfect with his sixth and seventh free throws of the night, extending the lead to 20 and putting the final nails into the coffin.

The 12-4 Bears now take a week off before heading to Saskatoon to play the Saskatchewan Huskies in the first week of February while the 6-8 Cascades return home to host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack next weekend.

Game notes: Fraser Valley's Manny Dulay moved into fifth in the Canada West record books for most career conference three-pointers, now with 219 in five seasons.