EDMONTON – Sparked by a 17-3 run in the third quarter, the No. 5 ranked Alberta Golden Bears erased a four-point halftime deficit, storming back for a 84-72 win over the Winnipeg Wesmen on Friday night at Saville Community Sports Centre.
Dwan Williams finished with a game-high 23 points for the Bears shooting a scorching 8/12 shooting, as the Bears earned their third-straight win to start their regular season.
Tyus Jefferson also added 14 points, while Cole Knudsen contributed eight points and 11 rebounds.
Narcisse Ambanza led Winnipeg with 19 points on Friday night, 14 of which came in the first half. Don Dayrit scored 13 off the bench for Winnipeg, as the only other visitor with double-digit points.
Despite both teams entered Friday night’s tilt with a perfect 2-0 records, neither team opened the game shooting particularly well. The Bears held a slim 20-14 lead after one, led by nine points from Williams.
Ambanza heated up in the second, scoring eight of his 19 in the quarter. His offensive push propelled the Wesmen to a stellar 27-point frame, as they took a slim 41-37 lead over the Bears at the half.
After opening the third quietly, Alberta got red-hot over the final six minutes of the third quarter. The Bears outscored Winnipeg by 14, including scoring 12 unanswered points over a three-minute stretch.
The Bears carried that tempo and rhythm into the fourth, hitting three trey’s, en route to a 23-12 fourth-quarter score. Ambanza and the rest of the Wesmen went ice cold late, missing all seven of their shots from beyond the arc, hitting on just 4/17 shots overall.
Alberta and Winnipeg will conclude their weekend series tomorrow, with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Saville.