On Saturday, the Bisons men’s basketball team fell to the University of Alberta Golden bears, 72-64. With the loss, Manitoba falls to 2-6, and Alberta improves to 8-0 in Canada West division play.
Despite their improved defensive play, Manitoba was still unable to beat the undefeated Golden Bears.
“We were much better defensively,” Bisons head coach Kirby Schepp said. “We held them to 38 percent shooting for the game, which is outstanding, I’m really happy with that.”
Justus Alleyn led the Bisons in scoring with a game-high 17 points. Keith Omoerah put up a double-double of ten points and ten rebounds. The visitors were led by Brody Clark, who netted 15 points.
Manitoba opened the game with a 10-2 run, as Alleyn netted eight points. The visitors would answer and go on a 10-2 run of their own. The teams exchanged shots for the remainder of the quarter, with Alberta leading 18-16 heading into the second frame. The second quarter contained back and forth play for the majority, with the herd still trailing by two points as they entered halftime.
Alleyn led the home side with 11 points, and Joey Nitychoruk added 10 of his own with five rebounds. The Golden Bears were led by Mamadou Gueye, who put up nine points and five rebounds.
Alberta led 51-48 entering the final frame. The teams continued to exchange shots, but with just under two minutes to play, the visitors expanded their lead to seven points. Despite getting their chances, the herd weren’t able to get their shots to fall, and fell 72-64 to Alberta.
The Bisons will be back in action on Dec. 1, as they host the Winnipeg Wesmen at 8 p.m. at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.