Tigers bounce Huskies 78–73 on Shoot for the Cure night
By: Cam Honey
The Tigers men’s basketball team did not trail once on their way to picking up a 78–73 win over the SMU Huskies on Shoot for the Cure night at the Dalplex on Friday, Jan. 22. The win gave the Tigers an 8–4 record on the season.
Shoot for the Cure night was held to raise money for breast cancer research. The Tigers wore pink warm-up shirts for the cause. Tigers women’s basketball players Christina Brown and Meghan Thompson shot free-throws at halftime to raise money. Each player’s sponsor donated $100 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
Ainsley McIntyre of the women’s Tigers team cut 10 inches of her hair for the cause. She also raised over $2600 to donate, with her hair, to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Tigers were ready to roll from the opening tip and kept up the pace for the rest of the game.
“It’s a W and it’s two points,” said Tigers Head Coach Rick Plato. “It wasn’t pretty at the end, but we’ll take it.”
The Tigers opened up a 5–0 at the start of the game and ended up taking the first 24–20.
The Huskies were able to tie the game up in the second a couple of times, but could not take the lead.
Kashrell Lawrence had a monster two-handed jam, off a fast break in the middle of the quarter that made it 34–30 Tigers. Sven Stammberger hit three three-pointers on 3/4 shooting to lead the Tigers with 9PTS in the frame.
The Huskies, however, fought back and won the second 22–18 to send the game to the break tied at 42–42.
The game slowed down in the third. The Tigers were paced by Lawrence’s 7PTS to win the frame 17–12 and take a 59–54 lead into the fourth.
In the fourth, the Tigers were able to stretch their lead to as many as nine. They seemed to have the game on ice up 77–68 with 29 seconds left. The Huskies did not roll over and played the foul game to work it to 77–73 with seven seconds left. Ritchie Kanza Mata locked up the win with a free-throw.
Lawrence led all scorers with 21PTS and added 6REB. Stammberger was the next highest scorer with 17PTS and 6REB. Kanza Mata had a double-double with 11PTS and 12AST and Jordan Aquino-Serjue also had 11PTS for the Tigers.
“They had our number through the first two regular season games,” said Plato. “I think we hung in there, we got up a little bit, we made some shots, we’ve still got a lot to do, but the boys seeked it out and that’s the main thing. Got another W got another two.”