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T-Wolves pull away in fourth to knock off Mustangs

Eric Gonzalez scored 19 to lead LU to victory.
Eric Gonzalez
Lakehead's Eric Gonzalez battles Windsor's Thomas Kennedy for the ball on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse. (Leith Dunick,

LONDON, Ont. – The even-numbered quarters were good to the Lakehead Thunderwolves on Friday night.

The No. 8 T-Wolves outscored the host Western Mustangs by 15 points in the second quarter and 14 in the fourth, overcoming deficits on both occasions to pull out a 98-85 win, their second straight OUA triumph.

Lakehead trailed by two points three minutes into the final frame, but jumped in front on a Javier Fernandez three-pointer that started an 11-2 run as the Thunderwolves pulled away for good from a Mustangs team that came into play with a 4-4 record.

Six Lakehead players, led by Eric Gonzalez’s 19, hit double-dights for Thunder Bay, including Fernandez, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his first career OUA double-double.

Michael Okafor had 16 for the Wolves, who trailed 26-18 after one, but were up 52-45 at the half. Chris Sagl had 12 and Alston Harris and Dylan Morrison dropped 10 apiece.

Aryan Sharma, who keyed Western’s third-quarter comeback with 14 of his game-high 28, was instrumental in keeping the Mustangs in contention, as was Tyson Dunn, who put up 20 points.

Lakehead (7-2) faces a 6-2 Windsor Lancers team on the road on Saturday night, their final outing before the Christmas break.

In other OUA play, the No. 3 Brock Badgers upset No. 1 Carleton on the road, downing the Ravens 80-68.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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