Regina, S.K. - Triston Matthews tied his career-high with 28 points and 13 rebounds in just 27 minutes of action but the Regina Cougars came away victors on Saturday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
Trailing by 11 points going into the fourth quarter, the Heat got within a possession late but couldn't get any closer to the home team.
The Heat drop to 5-11 with the setback. They're one win back of Thompson Rivers and Victoria who are tied for the final two Canada West playoff berths, but at 6-8 both of those teams have two games in hand on UBC Okanagan.
The Heat's final four conference games will all be at home, as they'll host MacEwan (Jan. 18-19) and Victoria (Jan. 25-26) the next two weekends.
Regina improves to 10-4 on the season. The Cougars will now prepare for two consecutive weekends away from the home, as they'll play at Thompson Rivers next Friday and Saturday and at Winnipeg the following weekend (Jan. 25/26).