Despite traveling with only 10 players, the Lakehead University Men’s Basketball Team completed a perfect 8-0 preseason by defeating University of Wisconsin-Stout and Hamline University last weekend.
The ‘Wolves defeated UW-Stout 70-67 in a tough battle on Friday. Down 58-52 with six minutes to go, Brendan King, Joe Jones, and Nate Wainwright had big 3-pointers to help LU escape with the win.
Starters Ryan Thomson and Yoosrie Salhia were missing on this trip, as they stayed home with injuries.
The ‘Wolves were led in scoring by King, who had 15 points and five rebounds, and by Venzal Russell, who had 15 points.
Jones also contributed ten points, shooting 7-10 on free throws, including two FT with five seconds remaining to clinch the game.
On Saturday, in a game uncharacteristic of recent Lakehead wins, the ‘Wolves toughed out a high scoring 98-95 to win over a tough Hamline University.
Jones led Lakehead with 23 points and seven rebounds in what the Lakehead coaching staff felt was possibly his best game in the CIS. Russell had a slow start but rallied to score 22 points with nine rebounds and five assists. Greg Carter also had one of his finest games of the young season with 14 points, four assists and three steals. Wainwright also had double figures, with 10 points.
Hamline proved effective with their dribble penetration, led by senior Mike Campbell, who poured in 30 points without taking a 3-pointer shot.
“While it was not our best performance on the defensive end, I was proud of how our players dealt with some adversity including some tough calls, foul trouble and playing short-handed because of injuries,” commented head coach Scott Morrison on the win. “We got down 12-0 to start the game but stayed focused and showed some of the intangible qualities necessary to be successful in the OUA.”