Men's basketball: OUA West races Tyghtens up

Windsor wins to pull into a tie for second place, two games behind Western. Guelph and Laurier (both 5-8) each get home-court wins over teams ahead of them in the standings, moving within 1½ games of fourth-place Waterloo, which hosts Lakehead this weekend:
  • No. 9 Windsor 77, No. 6 Western 68 — The best big in the division, the Lancers' Greg Surmacz, had 20 points, while he and his mates absolutely frustrated Western.

    Lancers power forward Nigel Johnson-Tyghter, who had eight points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help complement Surmacz's efforts, is probably overdue for some attention. Johnson-Tyghter, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Sheridan College, has been playing more minutes since the break. Tonight, he had a big block on Garrett Olexiuk early in the quarter when the Mustangs were looking to make a big run and later had the dunk that iced the game in the final five minutes.

    Two weeks ago against Waterloo, Johnson-Tyghter was one point shy off a double-double despite playing only 18 minutes. Chances to score inside are tough to come by when Greg Surmacz plays the 4 or 5 spot, but every team needs a clean-up man.

    It was an absolutely nightmarish evening for Western. They were held to 19 first-half points and for the game, made just 1-of-16 three-pointers and point guard Matt Curtis, the fulcrum of their offensive attack, played just 20 minutes due to foul trouble. Bradley Smith, the 'Stangs southpaw swingman, had 23 points and 10 rebounds, but it was on 8-of-23 shooting.
  • Guelph 74, Brock 60 — The Gryphons won their second in a row as they finally started to make some shots. Guards Nick Pankerichan (6-for-11, 16 points) and Jay Mott (5-for-8, 13 points) each had three triples on the night.
  • Laurier 84, McMaster 71 — Golden Hawks freshman Travis Berry, a graduate of Governor Simcoe in St. Catharines, had 11 points and eight assists to lead Laurier to a decisive win. (Not to blow smoke, but he would not be the first 5-foot-10 point guard from the fruit belt to have a big impact on the OUA West. There was a guy who played at Brock for the past five seasons...) Laurier had 20 assists on its 25 baskets, which is pretty good even when accounting for a hometown scorekeeper.

    Mouctar Daiby (15 points), Jermaine De Costa (13) and Marko Gacic (14) paced Mac offensively. Frosh swingman Cam Michaud had a tough night, going scoreless in 13 minutes before fouling out.
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