DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
The Winnipeg Wesmen broke out of a shooting slump in a big way.
Don Dayrit hit eight three-pointers and had 32 points — a season-high for all Wesmen — as the UWinnipeg men's basketball team broke out for an 89-71 Canada West conference victory over the MacEwan Griffins Saturday night at the Duckworth Centre.
Dayrit, whose career-high is 41 against Saskatchewan last year, had 17 after half as the Wesmen won their fourth straight game and moved their record back to .500 at 6-6.
"We know that he's definitely capable of getting hot in a hurry and doing a lot of damage in a short span, so it was nice to see him find his groove," Wesmen head coach Mike Raimbault said. "Overall, I thought our energy was better than (Friday), so those are things we can continue to build on.
"I think we did get some better looks. I think we were more in the rhythm of the game when we did get some of those looks. Couple of them went through the hoop so that sorta helps to break the ice a little bit."
MacEwan dropped to 0-12.
Billy Yaworsky had 17 points for Winnipeg and Will Sesay added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Jake Notice led four MacEwan scorers in double figures with 18. Tylar Dobish added 17 and nine rebounds, Abdullah Shittu chipped in 11 points and Dustin Gatzki added 10.
"I think when a guy gets going it's OK to make one three, make two, but I better start to get out there," MacEwan head coach Mike Connolly said of his team's attempts to slow Dayrit. "I don't think we made it very tough on them tonight. I think that's a mental focus. ... When we relax on guys like (Dayrit), they're gonna bang it on you and especially when he gets it going, now they make shots. And we let him get going. The difference in that first half was he had those four threes."
The Wesmen are back at home to host Calgary next weekend, while MacEwan will entertain Alberta in an all-Edmonton series.