Nicole Betker, Saskatchewan Huskies Sports Information
SASKATOON – Scoring 20 points in the final frame, the No. 9 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies pulled away for an 82-62 win over the visiting Mount Royal University Cougars Friday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
Matched at 21 after the first quarter, the Huskies held a small four-point lead at halftime at 43-39. Saskatchewan extended the lead to 62-56 entering the final 10 minutes.
Saskatchewan started the fourth quarter with a Matt Forbes jumper that was answered by the Cougars' Craig Martin with a three-point basket on the next trip up the court. The Huskies went on a 16-0 run and Mount Royal added just three more points in the quarter on free throws.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 10-5 in the men's basketball season. Mount Royal drops to 7-8.
Fifth-year forward Matthew Forbes led the Huskies with a double-double scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Four more Huskies scored double-digits including Trevor Severinski with 14 points, Jaylan Morgan with 12, Lawrence Moore with 11 and Emmanuel Akintunde with 10.
Saskatchewan finished the game shooting 45.2%, while the Cougars shot 36.4%. The Huskies also defeated the Cougars on the boards outrebounding them 48-21.
The two teams will meet again Saturday night on Ron & Jane Graham Court at the PAC. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m.