The UBC Okanagan Heat dropped their final road game of the season to their host MacEwan Saturday night in a contest that would come down to the final seconds. Mitch Goodwin netted a game-high 22 in the loss.
Men’s Basketball (Canada West conference play)
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EDMONTON, A.B. – The MacEwan University Griffins men’s basketball team earned their first weekend sweep of the year at the hands of the visiting UBC Okanagan Heat in a 62-59 outing Saturday night in Edmonton. Mitch Goodwin scored a game-high 22 points for the Heat.
A clutch steal followed by a jumper from the free-throw line by Goodwin in the waning seconds of the fourth resulted in an and-one, which he would convert to bring it back to within two points 60-58.
With only seven seconds left, the Heat ended up being forced to foul after failing to pick off a steal on the inbounds. Keith Gerdes would proceed to sink a pair from the charity stripe to clinch things for good.
Both teams struggled early, shooting less than 30 per cent in a low scoring first quarter. Mitch Goodwin led the way for the Heat with five points, while the Griffins closed the quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 12-10 lead after the first.
The offensive struggles continued in the second, but it was Ryan May who paced all scorers with six points. May led the Griffins as they took a 26-22 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Heat burned the Griffins from the three-point line as David Manshreck knocked down a trio of long-range shots to give the Heat a 45-37 lead going into the final quarter.
After a pair of three-pointers by Goodwin, the Griffins found the spark they needed, spurring on an 11-0 run as they completed the fourth quarter comeback, even in spite of the late heroics by Goodwin.
In the final home game of his university basketball career, Lee Danderfer was named the Griffins player of the game. Danderfer finished with three points, five rebounds and five assists. Goodwin finished with a game-high 22 points earning the award for the Heat.
Next weekend both teams will finish their regular season. The Griffins will hit the road to take on the Mount Royal Cougars with the first game scheduled for Friday evening at 8 p.m. (MST) The Heat will head home to host the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves with action getting underway Thursday at 6 p.m.
~ With notes from Lindsey Bax (MacEwan Sports Information)