GUELPH, Ont. (from Guelph Gryphons) – The McMaster Marauders seemed headed for a third consecutive victory on the road, until the Guelph Gryphons rallied to erase a 12-point fourth quarter deficit on their way to an 83-80 win over their Ontario University Athletics rival Saturday.
The Marauders led 73-61 with nine minutes to play, but the Gryphons went on a 13-0 run to take the lead, then put the game out of reach by going five-for-six from the free-throw line in the final three minutes.
Guelph improved to 3-14 in OUA play, while the Marauders fell to 4-13.
McMaster’s guard combo of Miles Seward (21 points) and David McCulloch were dominant yet again, combining for 41 points.
Despite the strong performances by Seward and McCulloch, the Marauders found themselves in consistent foul trouble Saturday, giving the Gryphons a total of 24 free throw attempts, of which the hosts made good on 19.
Guelph’s fifth-year guard Daniel Dooley led the comeback for the Gryphons, finishing the game with 16 points and shooting a perfect three-for-three from beyond the arc, and five-for-five from the foul line.
The teams were fairly evenly matched in the first quarter, closing the opening 10 minutes tied at 22.
Guelph headed to the dressing room at the Gryphons Athletic Centre with a narrow 36-34 lead at the break.
The break did wonders for the Marauders, as McMaster would not only take the lead after the half, but break away from the Gryphons with a 67-59 lead at the end of the quarter.
In the end, the Marauders committed far too many fouls to hold off the Gryphons, who outscored the visitors 24-13 over the final quarter.
The Marauders will continue their road trip in Thunder Bay, Ont., when they take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves in games at 8 p.m. ET Friday and at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.
Marauders games can be streamed on OUA.tv.