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Ozsayiner the hero for Herd

YIGIT Ozsayiner dropped the winning bucket at the buzzer on Saturday, hitting a three-pointer to lift the University of Manitoba Bisons men's basketball team to an 82-79 victory over the Victoria Vikes in Canada West play at the Investors Group Athletic Centre.

Manitoba (8-5) was led by Stephan Walton with 24 points and Ozsayiner, who had 22 points and six rebounds.

"Yigit is one of our better shooters and he had a clean look. We can't ask for much more than that," Bisons head coach Kirby Schepp said in a statement.

On Friday night at IGAC, the UBC Thunderbirds defeated the Bisons 87-61.

The Bison women's losing streak was extended to nine games after a pair of weekend losses. The Bisons (2-11) lost on Saturday 79-62 to Victoria (8-4), whose second-leading scorer was Debbie Yeboah of Winnipeg, with 19 points. They lost 68-53 to No.2-ranked UBC on Friday.

Big weekend for Wesley

AT the University of Winnipeg's Duckworth Centre, the No. 2-ranked UBC T-Birds (10-2) needed overtime on Saturday night to get past the Wesmen men's basketball team 96-93. Steven Wesley led Winnipeg (9-4) with a game-high 29 points. On Friday, the Wesmen defeated Victoria 64-61, with Wesley scoring 23 points.

In women's action on Friday, the Vikes were led by Debbie Yeboah with 20 points in a 79-63 win over the Wesmen. Against UBC (9-3) on Saturday, the Wesmen (5-8) were defeated 63-48.

Hockey Herd sweeps Cougars

THE No. 9-ranked Manitoba Bisons mens' hockey team recorded an exciting weekend sweep of the Mount Royal Cougars from Calgary. Manitoba beat Mount Royal 8-7 in double overtime on Saturday. Bisons goalie Jesse Deckert got the second assist on Blair Macaulay win on Saturday over the Cougars. Tyler Dittmer led Manitoba with four goals on the weekend, including three in Saturday's win. Matt Lowry picked up the hat trick in Friday's 6-3 win.

U of W men earn volleyball split

IN university volleyball, the Wesmen teams visited Vancouver, where the men's team (7-7) earned a split with the No. 5-ranked UBC Thunderbirds (9-5). Led by Casey Schouten's 13 kills and Josh McKay's 11 digs, the Wesmen beat UBC 3-2 (24-26, 13-25, 25-18, 25-23, 16-14) on Friday night but lost 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-22) on Saturday.

The No. 1-ranked UBC women (13-1) extended their winning streak to 12 games, and were led by Brandon's Lisa Barclay with 17 kills, in a two-match sweep of the Wesmen (4-10). UBC beat Winnipeg in straight sets both nights.

Bison women swept by Cougars

STILL with volleyball, the Bisons were also on the road, visiting Calgary's Mount Royal Cougars, where the No. 10-ranked women (7-7) were swept in the weekend series. Mount Royal won on Friday in five sets (22-25, 25-17, 25-16, 28-30, 7-15) and again in five sets on Saturday (26-24, 18-25, 25-12, 18-25, 15-7). Rachel Cockrell was the Bisons' top attacker with 36 kills in the two matches.

In men's action, the No. 4-ranked Bisons (8-6) won Friday's match 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19) but saw Mount Royal (5-9) break its seven-match losing skid on Saturday with a 3-1 win (19-25, 27-25, 32-30, 25-23). Dane Pischke led the Bisons with 31 kills in the two matches.

Rakochy clear-cut winner

ZACH Rakochy of the Steinbach Pistons has been named the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Pork Peak Performer of the Month for December. Rakochy and teammate Kyle Rous shaved their heads in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association and Prostate Cancer Awareness and raised about $2,000 for the local charities.

Siwicki scores silver Down Under

BREANNE Siwicki of Winnipeg placed second in the women's 200-metre backstroke at the New South Wales swimming championship on Saturday in Sydney, Australia. It was her third silver at the competition. Her time was 2:16.97.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 14, 2013 C5

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