PRINCE GEORGE, BC – The UBC Thunderbirds earned a convincing 93-74 road victory over the UNBC Timberwolves on Sunday afternoon at the Charles Jago Sports Center. The ‘Birds relied on effective shooting to stay undefeated and improve to 11-0 in the Canada West regular season.
Grant Audu led the way by scoring 22 points while James Woods added 21, his seventh 20-plus-point game this season. The bench of the “Birds” came to play, beating the bench of the T-Wolves 39-9. Originally from Montreal for the first year Isaiah Maurancy effectively contributed 15 points in 15 minutes as Jack Cruz Dumont hit double the numbers with 10 points.
Spencer Ledoux led the T-Wolves in scoring a career-high 18 points. A well-executed defensive game plan kept sniper Tyrell Laing 16 ineffective points on a 4-12 shot.
Woods got the ‘Birds on the board with a deep three on their first possession of the game to take an early lead. The two teams continued to trade buckets for most of the first quarter. At 1:33 Audu broke the UNBC defense and found Maurancy in the corner for a catch and a shot three. On the next play, Laing took advantage of switch space and buried a long three to bring the T-Wolves to one point and the home crowd to their feet. The first quarter ended with the T-Birds leading 21-18.
The ‘Birds extended their second quarter lead to 39-31 after an offensive rebound of Brian Wallack, which quickly found Woods for three on top of the sidelines. The resilient T-Wolves wouldn’t leave, knocking down a few jumpers to head into halftime trailing 41-38.
The miserly defense opened the second half as the ‘Birds began to pull away after a steal and score from Woods to go up 45-42. Gathering big defensive possessions ignited the T-Birds offense, extending their lead to 67-52 heading into the fourth.
Maurancy’s team leading eight points in the fourth quarter provided the T-Birds offense with an additional option to stretch the bench ground. The ‘Birds posted a second straight 26-point quarter to secure the win over the T-Wolves, sweeping the season series 3-0.
The ‘Birds return home to War Memorial Gym next weekend when they host the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack for a pair of games on Friday, January 21st and Saturday January 22nd.