It must have been a hell of a scene in Sudbury last night. Laurentian, winless in nine starts this season, took down No. 3 Windsor 81-80 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer from a hometown player, Bryan Davidson.
Needless to say, it's an absolute stunner, the upset of the season so far and the biggest win for LU coach Shawn Swords, an Ottawa native. Paul Kovacs had a 25-point night and Matas Tirilis (16 points, 10 rebounds) and rookie Jamie Weldon (10 and 11) came through with double-doubles.
Windsor's been tagged as a team who struggles on the road -- and who knows if they encountered any problems on the roads while making one of the longest bus trips in the OUA, since there were weather warnings in effect for portions of Ontario. It was a see-saw battle, and ultimately, Windsor left the door open when guard Monty Hardware, who was 6-for-6 from the foul line, missed a 1-and-1, giving Laurentian two-to-tie, three-to-win situation. They ended up freeing Davidson for the latter.
Laurentian came in 0-9 vs. CIS competition and Rob's number-crunching had them 37th in RPI, worst in Ontario outside of military colleges. Windsor came in at No. 3.
Honestly, it was said tongue-in-cheek that, based on RPI, the balance of power in the OUA is in the East division. Its top four teams are 1-3-15-16 in the RPI; the West's top four are 3-12-19-20. Swords is doing his damnedest to restore Laurentian to its bygone basketball glory, but who saw that coming?