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Sports: Two Old Friends Meet Again At SFU As Concordia U Portland Down The Clan 74-73
Last night two old friends met before the game, Coach Brad Barbarick and former Capilano College and Terry Fox Coach David Murray. Coach Murray’s son Ryan played for Coach “B” in 2006-07 and 2007-08 which saw him help Concordia to two very productive seasons. Ryan still holds the record for most 3-pointers in a game with 7 and is among the top 10 in free throw percentage career for the school.
Here is the game recap: Courtesy of Concordia Basketball
Latrell Wilson’s Four-Point Play Gives Cavaliers’ 74-73 Road GNAC Win
BURNABY, B.C.—- Latrell Wilson’s second four-point play of the game came at the right with five seconds left as the Concordia Cavaliers defeated the Simon Fraser Clan 74-73 at The West Gym on Simon Fraser University’s campus. Wilson’s three came after a huge turnover by the Clan with three seconds left as the Cavaliers kept their GNAC Basketball Championship Tournament berth alive with the win.
“An improbable and incredible GNAC road win for us,” said Concordia head coach Brad Barbarick. “I am extremely proud of our guys in that we never stopped competing. Latrell Wilson’s poise and focus to make the game-tying three and make the game-winning free throw was a testament to his skill and talent. ”
Wilson’s four-point play was set up as the Cavaliers’ were down 73-70 as Michael Provenzano connected on a lay-up with 23 seconds on the clock. Concordia’s first attempt for the win fell short and the visitors were forced to foul, but thankfully they only had five team fouls. They called a timeout to set up their defense and fouled again. Then their defense came up big and forced a team turnover for the heroics by Wilson. The senior guard connected on a three and was fouled. He then sank the free throw for the game-winner.
“We have a sideline out of bounds play that we run that gives us some different three-point looks and Latrell knew exactly what to do and showed great focus not to rush the shot knowing he had 5.5 seconds to get it off,” added the Cavalier head coach. “And then calmly stepping the FT line to get it done again and showed his poise and focus as
Taylor Harris led the way for Concordia with his 19 points, connecting on six of his 10 attempts from the field including going four-for-five from three-point land. He also made three free throws and dished out three assists. Harris was one of three players with three assists with Drew Martin and Christopher Edwards also dishing out three assists. “Taylor Harris continued his stellar play and both sides of the ball tonight that kept us in the game,” noted Barbarick.
With his four-point play, Wilson finished with 18 points off the bench in 29 minutes. He was five-for-10 from the field, three-for-four from three-point range and went five-for-six from the line. The Arcata, Calif., native had two assists and one block shot to go with his 18 points. Martin finished with 13 points and Jarrett Gray added 10 points for the victors. Edward just missed a double-double as he scored nine and had 10 of the Cavaliers’ 28 rebounds to go with his two blocked shots and four steals.
Concordia (10-12, 6-9 GNAC) is still alive for the sixth and final spot for the GNAC Basketball Championships in March. They are one game out of the sixth and final spot which is held by Saint Martin’s and Central Washington. Alaska is in eighth place with its 7-9 GNAC record followed by the Cavaliers and Seattle Pacific each at 6-9 heading into Saturday’s games.
“SFU played very well and made big shots in the second half,” added Barbarick. “They continued to battle us all night and made big plays. We realize well have to do a better job of taking care of the ball and being defensively on Saturday at WWU.”
Simon Fraser (3-21, 0-15 GNAC) was led by the duo of Kedar Wright and Michael Provenzano each with 21 points. Wright also had six assists and Provenzano added four with Izaih Sherman-Newsome adding 15 points for the Clan.
The Cavaliers also shot 50% from the field including 64% (nine for 14 ) from three-point range while dishing out 16 assists, blocking eight shots (two each by Edward and Tre’ Vance) and recording seven steals.
Taylor Harris’ three gave the visitors an early 8-0 lead. Simon Fraser cut the Cavalier lead to just 16-12, but Wilson’s first four-point play of the game off an assist from Martin increased their lead to 19-12 at the 12:47 mark of the first half. A lay-up by Vance off an assist from Edward increased their lead to 24-12 mid-way through the second half. The Clan cut Concordia’s lead to 37-32 on a three by Andrew Williamson late in the half. A jumper by Gray gave the visitors a 39-32 lead heading into the locker room at the half.
Martin’s three-point play on the Cavaliers’ first possession of the second half gave Concordia a 42-32 lead. Simon Fraser would not go away as the hosts went outscored their guests 23-16 to cut the deficit to 58-55 on a three by Provenzano with a little under 11 minutes to go in regulation. A lay-up by Vance stopped the Clan run, but they held Concordia scoreless and went on an 8-0 run to take a 63-60 lead in the next four minutes.
Two free throws by Martin stopped the run by Simon Fraser, but the hosts increased its lead to 68-63 on a lay-up by Sherman-Newsome. Concordia stepped up and scored the next five points including three made throws by Harris to tie the game at 68-68 with 2:03 on the clock.
A three by Wright gave the Clan a 71-68 lead, but Martin connected on a jumper on Concordia’s next jumper. Provenzano’s lay-up increased Simon Fraser’s lead to 73-70 with just 23 seconds left in the game. The Cavaliers three attempt after the time out fell short, but that set up the stage for Wilson’s heroics.
The Cavaliers forced a turnover by the Clan and then Wilson connected on the game-winning three-point play with three seconds left. Simon Fraser’s heave at the buzzer fell short as Concordia took the 74-73 road victory and the series sweep of the Clan.
“This was truly a memorable win for us,” stated the Cavalier head coach. “It was a rarity to win a game on a play like that. A fun one for the team and especially Latrell (Wilson).”
Concordia will travel to Bellingham, Washington, this Saturday, February 11 for a 7pm scheduled tip-off with No. 23 Western Washington. The Vikings defeated Western Oregon this evening 73-63 in Bellingham, Washington.