KELOWNA, B.C. - The UBCO men's team's improved second-half play was not enough to overcome a 40-point halftime deficit on homecourt as the UBC Thunderbirds rallied to a convincing (112-57) win Friday night at the UBC Okanagan Gymnasium.
The Heat scored 40 of their 57 points in the second half with 16 from Philip Okanlawon. The Thunderbirds threw a balanced offensive at the Heat, finishing the game with five players in double-digits for scoring.
Heat head coach Clay Pottinger commented on his team's performance post-game.
"The stuff we started doing in the second half was there all throughout the first half too. It's just a matter of if our players are seeing it and recognizing it. I thought we had a good game-plan and we knew what we wanted to do but when the rubber hit the road, the things we wanted to execute just weren't happening."
Manroop Clair, the fifth-year guard, dropped a season-high 25 points and added 10 boards for the double-double. He connected 4-of-7 from beyond the arc as the leader in made threes for the Thunderbirds.
UBC would finish with six players in double figures, including 21 points and seven boards from Kelowna product Grant Shepard who made his return to the Okanagan gym.
As a team, the 'Birds would shoot over 57% on the night, including 45% from behind the arc en route to the victory.
The loss drops the Heat to (1-6) on the year, while UBC boosts their record to (5-2) as they are now on a three-game winning streak.
UBC went on a (17-2) run to open the match, propelling them to a (57-17) lead at the half.
The Heat would continue to battle, finishing the third quarter on a (9-2) run. Okanlawon made four treys in the half as part of his team-high 19 points.
Patrick Dujmovic played 23 minutes in the losing effort, his highest total since January 2018. The senior guard added season-high 10 points for the Heat.
The two teams rematch tomorrow night at 6 p.m. PST.
All action can be watched live on Canada West tv presented by Co-op.
~ Brandon Smith, Heat Sports Information