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Wesmen set record for points in thrashing of Griffins

Winnipeg's Adam Benrabah makes a pass out of the post during the Wesmen's win over the MacEwan Griffins, Friday, November 9, 2018 in Edmonton, Alta. (Chris Piggott/MacEwan Athletics)
Winnipeg's Adam Benrabah makes a pass out of the post during the Wesmen's win over the MacEwan Griffins, Friday, November 9, 2018 in Edmonton, Alta. (Chris Piggott/MacEwan Athletics)

DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

It was a record-breaking night for the Winnipeg Wesmen as the men's basketball team won its second straight game Friday night.

The Wesmen set a program record for points scored in a Canada West game in thumping the MacEwan Griffins 113-75 in Edmonton.

Narcisse Ambanza was three assists shy of a triple-double, scoring 12 points and adding 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Wesmen moved to 3-2 on the season.

The 113 points set a Wesmen record for most in a game since moving to the Canada West conference officially in 2001.

The previous high was 111 in a win at home against Trinity Western, Jan. 6, 2017. The Wesmen scored 118 in a non-conference win over Briercrest College on Oct. 16, 2010.

Sean Tarver led the Wesmen with 27 points. It was Tarver's third conference game with at least 20 points.

"As a group we were able to find him in some favourable spots," Wesmen head coach Mike Raimbault said. "He did a good job of getting involved in the game by rebounding, I thought early. Usually when he's rebounding, he finds a way to get us a few buckets inside in the paint and that usually leads to him hitting a few shots as well."

Terence Ross, who previously played on U of W's college team but has never played at the university level before this season, had a career game: He hit the first five shots of his Canada West career and scored 14 points on 5-for-5 shooting, including 4-for-4 from three, in eight minutes of play. Ross had logged just six minutes of play prior to his breakout game.

Don Dayrit and Joseph Medrano had 14 and 13 points, respectively, off the bench.

All 12 active players logged minutes for the Wesmen, who led 25-19 after a quarter and blew things open with a 34-13 second quarter thanks in large part to a 15-1 run.

"As a group, we wanted to defend first and try to get into transition if we could," Raimbault said. "I thought especially in the first half we were getting stops that led to some high-quality shots for us going the other way."

Liban Yousef had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead MacEwan (0-5).

— With files from MacEwan Athletics