(London, Ontario) – On Friday night, the Fanshawe Men's Basketball team (8-7) upset the CCAA #4 ranked Niagara Knights (13-3) by a final score of 77-71. The Falcons are in fourth place in the OCAA West Division and have now won three straight league games.
The Knights led early in the first quarter but a midrange jumper in the lane by Filip Pejic gave Fanshawe the lead, 6-4. The Falcons would use a 10-0 run including three baskets at the rim by Lex Van Iperen to take a 12-4 lead. The Knights would chip away and with 1:30 left in the quarter, Niagara would take the lead 15-14 on a three-pointer from Oluwafemi Akindele. However, the Falcons would take over in the final minute of the first, finishing the quarter on an 8-0 run to lead 22-15. Fanshawe continued their run in the second and led 26-15 before the Knights finally scored. Again, Niagara slowly closed the gap and were within four but a hook shot by Alfred Johnson just before the half had the Falcons up by six, 41-35.
Halfway through the third quarter, the lead was still six for the Falcons. The game remained close and with three minutes left in the quarter, Johnson threw down a massive alley-oop dunk for Fanshawe, bringing the fans to their feet. With 50 seconds left in the third, the Knights took the lead on a free throw by Jordan McDonald but Fanshawe scored at the buzzer on a layup by Van Iperen to put the Falcons up 58-57 with one quarter to play. Fanshawe extended the lead to seven early in the fourth on a pair of baseline jumpers by Connor Therrien. With one minute left in the game, Fanshawe's Chris Parker knocked down a free throw to put the Falcons up four. After a Niagara basket, Moses Orozco-Rayo hit both his free throws to put the game out of reach. Fanshawe would win the game by a final score of 77-71.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Felip Pejic – 18 points, 10 rebounds
Lex Van Iperen – 12 points, 11 rebounds
Niagara's Top Performer:
Oluwafemi Akindele – 15 points
The Falcons play their final regular season game of the year on Tuesday, February 21, when they travel to Hamilton, Ontario to take on the Mohawk Mountaineers (4-10) at 8pm.
The Fanshawe Falcons are proud to host the 2017 CCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship from March 9-11. Tournament passes are now on sale for $30 at the front gate of all Fanshawe Falcons home games, at the Fanshawe Athletics office (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm) as well as the Fanshawe Biz Booth (Monday to Thursday, 9am-8pm and Friday 9am-7pm). Falcons Platinum Packs are also available at the Fanshawe Athletics office for $100 and include a premium reserved seat along the baseline, special pass holder's entrance and access to the new Falcons Suite, which will have free pizza and a cash bar during Falcons evening games.
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