A jump shot from Pitt Meadows’ own Malcolm Williams with 40 seconds to go in the fourth quarter gave the No. 3 UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball team a 74-73 road win against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen on Saturday night.
With the win, UBC improves to 10-2 this season, and has now won six consecutive games, including four in a row on the road.
“Winning on the road is always tough,” said UBC assistant coach Casey Archibald, who was filling in for an ailing Kevin Hanson. “I’m really happy that we clawed out the two wins. It would have been easy to have a let down after our overtime win last night but our veteran guys really stepped up when we needed them.”
Those veterans included fellow Pitt Meadows native Doug Plumb, who scored a game-high 26 points, including eight in the final quarter.
The two teams went into halftime tied at 34, after the T-Birds fought back from an eight-point first quarter deficit.
A Plumb basket at 7:53 of the fourth quarter gave UBC a 60-53 lead but a 13-5 Winnipeg run gave the home team the advantage for the first time since early in the third.
The teams went back and forth down the stretch. Williams, a rookie guard with the Thunderbirds, hit a jumper to tie the game with 2:15 to go, before clinching the win in the final minute of play. Williams finished with 10 points in just four minutes of play.
“Winning in close games is always a good learning experience, and it’s been great for our rookies to get minutes in games like these,” said Archibald. “Doug [Plumb] obviously scored the ball great tonight and did a great job getting to the rim.”
Plumb had 16 points in the Thunderbirds’ 93-84 win over the University of Manitoba Bisons Friday night. Williams had two points in that game, while Mike Lewandowski, also from Pitt Meadows, had four points.
The Thunderbirds return home this weekend for games against the UBC Okanagan Heat.