EDMONTON - The No.6 University of Alberta Golden Bears improved their record to 7-1 with a 112-82 victory over the Mount Royal Cougars, Saturday night at Saville Community Sports Centre.
For the second consecutive night, the Golden Bears scored over 100 points, and shot the ball extremely well from beyond the arc, finishing with a shooting percentage of 48.4%. Leading the way yet again from deep was Bears guard Ivan Ikomey, scoring 22 points after dropping 21 the night before.
Ikomey started out red hot again, scoring nine points in the first quarter, but Ikomey wasn’t alone on offence, as Adam Paige had 22 points and Alberta had five total players score in double digits in front of a rambunctious home crowd.
Alberta was ahead at halftime by a score of 57-43, however some sloppy play and nine turnovers in the third frame allowed Mount Royal to close the gap. Alberta’s efficiency early in the fourth allowed them to extend their lead, hitting 13 of 14 shots in a row at one point.
For the Cougars, rebounds and turnovers were the issue. Mount Royal lost the rebound battle by 14, and Alberta was able to score 32 points off 21 Cougar turnovers. Matthew Guinto had a team-high 17 points for the Cougars, including hitting all eight shots from the free throw line, and captain Quinn Taylor added 14 points in the losing effort. Lincoln Anderson scored the first nine points on Friday evening for Mount Royal, but the Golden Bears were able to limit Anderson to nine points for the entire game on Saturday.
In total, the Bears were extremely effective shooting the ball tonight, going 42-for-68 from the field. Adam Paige was the most efficient Bear, going 8-for-11.
Mount Royal never had a lead in this game, and Alberta at one point was able to open up a 30-point lead.
With the win, Alberta improves to 7-1, and wraps up their home portion of 2019. Next up for the Golden Bears is a trip to Regina to face the Cougars on November 29th and 30th, while the Mount Royal Cougars travel home to face Victoria next weekend.