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The Lakehead men’s basketball team lost their first game of the Wesmen Classic earlier today 79-77 to the University of Alberta.
The undefeated Alberta came out strong at the beginning of the game with a 10-point lead after the first quarter, 27-17. By half, the Thunderwolves were down 44-32.
Lakehead hustled in the third quarter, outscoring the Golden Bears 25-14, putting themselves down only 1 at 58-57 by the end of the quarter.
At the end of the fourth, Alex Robichaud drained a three pointer with 12 seconds left in the quarter, putting the Thunderwolves up 77-76.
Golden Bears Mamadou Gueye responded back, also hitting a big three with less than 4 seconds remaining, giving Alberta their 79-77 win over the Thunderwolves.
Henry Tan led the Wolves with 16 points and Nick Burke with 12 points. Alex Robichaud had 12 points, 8 rebounds.
“Our guys keep battling and fighting until the end of each game which is great to see. We’ve had so many tight games this year but just can’t find a way to win. The importance of every possession is magnified in these close games.”
Lakehead finished the game with 10 three pointers and were 89% from the free throw line, hitting 17-19.
The Thunderwolves will take on Brandon at 12:00pm tomorrow afternoon in one consolation semi-final.
Webcast coverage available via Canada West TV.