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Harrison Leads CMU Over Freemen
Chris Funk scored 19 points

Blazers forward Spencer Harrison scores 20 in win over Providence

For the Freemen basketball squad Wednesday night’s match-up against the CMU Blazers marked an opportunity for them to redeem themselves after a poor weekend showing. The two sides stayed close early on in an intense battle, but in a game that saw nine lead changes, the Blazers were able to pull away late for a 66-54 victory.

Both sides focused on the defensive end of the court early on which led to a slow start and a standstill at 4-4 more than five minutes into the game. The Freemen then gave away two sloppy turnovers and allowed the Blazers to pull away to 10-5 with only a minute left on the clock. However, in what was surely the most hectic minute of Providence’s season thus far, the Freemen were able to make a comeback, capped by a 3-point half court buzzer beater shot from freshman Justin Bonneteau, to end the quarter tied at 12 apiece.

Freshman Chris Funk (19 pts) came alive in the second quarter as he scored 10 straight points for the Freemen out of the break to lead them to a 22-15 advantage over the Blazers. But, in a game where no lead seemed safe, Spencer Harrison (20 pts) and the Blazers mounted a comeback of their own, and Providence held onto a slim 30-29 lead heading into the half-time break.

The Blazers then came out of the gate on fire and went on an early 7-0 run en route to earning a 51-42 lead at the end of the third quarter. Freemen captain Jon Patterson (15 rebounds) then brought up his squad’s intensity to start the fourth quarter as he played inspired defense and pushed the pace on Providence counter-attacks. However, the Blazers, led by forward Paul Muns and his 16 point performance, were able to match and overcome the Freemen comeback attempt and held on for a 66-54 victory.

Notes: Freemen guard Jesse Funk added 13 points in the losing effort…Blazers forward Dave Isbister was ejected early in the fourth quarter after receiving flagrant fouls for throwing an elbow at Patterson during a battle for a loose ball in the first half, and then knocking over freshman Jay Cee Brass near the bleachers late in the game...the Freemen next play Friday evening when they face CMU in Winnipeg.

Article written by Kaiten Critchlow
Picture by Brenda Peters

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