A day after splitting with Brock on their home court, McMaster did it again on the road this time against the Varsity Blues.

Saturday closed out the fall portion of the OUA schedule for the Marauders basketball squads as they made a trip to the 416 to take on the Toronto Varsity Blues.

The struggles for the women’s team continued as they headed into their break, losing by 10 after failing to keep pace with Toronto in the third quarter. In the loss, Olivia Wilson would pick up a double double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

The only other Marauder to pick up double-digit points was Christina Buttenham who had 13 and missed a double double of her own, finishing the game with nine rebounds.

McMaster would hold a one-point lead after the opening quarter, but the Blues would hold a one-point lead at the half. Neither team could find a rhythm to go on extended runs in the opening half to build momentum, however that changed in the third quarter for Toronto.

The Varsity Blues would go on a 13-2 run to take the lead in the third quarter and were up by eight at the horn.

Toronto would extend their lead to 14 points as the teams neared the midway point of the final quarter before the Marauders started to claw back to within six on three separate occasions. However, the Blues would not give up the lead and took the game 76-66.

The win was just Toronto’s second of the season while the Marauders dropped to 6-4 and remain in third place.

For the men, they would pick up their eighth victory of the season as they defeated Toronto 88-82.

In this night, it wasn’t Jordan Henry that led the way, even though he had a double double with 15 points and 10 assists, but Sefa Otchere dropped 21 points in the road victory for McMaster. Two other Marauders also ended the contest with double-digit points, with Connor Gilmour posting 17 and Damiann Prehay totalling 12.

The first quarter was a free-wheeling style of play with the teams combining for 59 points.

McMaster went on an early run, scoring 10 of the game’s first 12 points in the first two minutes of the opening quarter. Toronto came back and got within three points near the halfway mark of the quarter, but the Marauders responded with another 10-2 run.

By the end of the frame, the Marauders boasted a 33-26 lead.

The second quarter saw neither team getting an advantage, with each posting 17 points in the quarter and headed to the dressing rooms with McMaster up 50-43.

After the break there was a little drama added to the contest as the Blues found a spark and evened it up at 64. The turnaround began with 3:57 remaining in the third quarter when Toronto’s Eli Mouyal hit from downtown to give his club the lead. It didn’t last long though as a pair of shots from the charity stripe by Gilmore give Mac the lead once again. The Blues closed out the quarter posting six of the final eight points sending the game to the final quarter all square.

The teams traded leads throughout most of the fourth until Henry hit back to back buckets just before the five-minute mark to give McMaster the lead, once they would not give up the rest of the way.

Toronto did add some more drama to the game, cutting the lead to two with 90 seconds to go in regulation but a Henry three ended any doubt that the Marauders would not leave the T-Dot with the win with just 35 seconds remaining.

The Marauder men head into the winter break with a three-game winning streak and sit second in the OUA Central division with an 8-2 record, two points behind Lakehead who have played two more games than the squad from Hamilton.

McMaster will return to OUA action on Wednesday, January 8 when they host the Ryerson Rams at the Burridge Gymnasium on the McMaster campus. Tipoff for the women’s match is at 6:00 PM while the men will get underway at 8:00 PM.