The McMaster Marauders ended the home portion of the OUA fall session on Friday with a split against the Brock Badgers.

For the women, they were down early and battled back. However, they could not overcome the Badgers who snuck out of the Burridge Gymnasium with a two-point victory.

Brock started quick out of the gates, taking a 10-point advantage in the first five minutes of the game. The hosts bounced back quickly though to get within four points when Olivia Wilson hit a layup with 2:45 left in the first quarter, but the momentum swung back the other way.

Brock went on a 16-5 run to end the quarter and build a 15-point lead.

It was in the late stages of the second quarter where the Marauders started to find their rhythm. Going from a 15-point deficit halfway though the quarter, Mac outscored Brock 13-6 and cut the lead to just eight points at the half.

The Marauders methodically worked their way back into contention during the third quarter, outscoring Brock 22-16, cutting the deficit a bucket with 10 minutes left to play.

Down by three with 2:43 to go in regulation, Christina Buttenham hit a clutch three to level the score at 76. Brock answered right back with a pair of buckets and a free thrown to move ahead 81-76.

Buttenham would add another basket, but a turnover put the comeback in jeopardy as the clock was ticking down with 85 seconds left showing. Sarah Gates would hit a two to make it a one-point game at 81-80 forcing the Mac ladies to foul.

Mac would see the Badgers’ Sam Keltos miss both shots after an intentional foul, but the Marauders could not rebound the loose ball and were forced to foul again. Brock would make one of the shots and hold on for an 82-80 victory.

Buttenham set a new career single-game high with 32 points in a losing effort, converting 14 of 25 shots from the field and adding 10 rebounds for a double double. Gates would pick up 20 points in the contest making eight of 16 shots.

With the loss, McMaster falls to 6-3 in conference play and sits third in the OUA Central division.

In the men’s game, there was little drama as a balanced attack from the Marauders led them to an 81-64 victory over the Badgers.

There were six lead changes in the opening quarter and a couple minutes into the second, as neither team was able to put together any sort of run that could grab an outright lead and momentum.

But that all changed late in the second quarter as a pair of buckets in the final minute of the half gave McMaster the last six points before they headed to the break for a 37-21 lead.

From there, the Marauders guarded the lead the rest of the way with Brock’s best look at evening the game coming at 6:59 of the third quarter, when Tyler Brown made a layup to put the Badgers within four at 47-43. However, the Mac men responded with a 9-0 run, effectively ending any hopes of a rally in the third.

The final quarter saw the Marauders continue to work hard and didn’t show any signs of stress. The only worry they had came when and Aaron Goldbourne layup brought the Badgers within seven with 4:26 left on the clock. But, yet again, the Marauders had answer, posting the next six points with 90 seconds to go.

It was an easy go over the last minute and a half, especially after Damiann Prehay put a cap on the game, nailing a three ball with 35 seconds to play for the final bucket of the game.

Jordan Henry led the home side with 22 points and finished the night seven of 19 from the field and three of seven from three-point range, adding in nine assists and seven rebounds to narrowly miss a double double.

Teammate Connor Gilmour would achieve the double double, with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Tristan Lindo eclipsed the double-digit mark with 15 points in the victory.

The win improves the Marauders record to 7-2 and took possession of first place in the OUA Central division.

Both Marauders squads will close out the 2019 portion of their OUA schedule on Saturday as they make a trip o Toronto to face the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at the Goldring Centre. Tipoff for the women’s game is scheduled for 6:00 PM with the men following shortly after the conclusion of the women’s game.