The U of T Mississauga Eagles men’s basketball team never had a chance.
The Humber Hawks raced to a first-quarter lead of 28-13 and never looked back, as they shot 56 per cent from the field in the opening stanza of Wednesday night tilt at the Humber Athletics Centre.
And the Hawks hit the century mark for the sixth time this season, and the first time in their past four games, with a 109-53 drubbing.
Humber turned over the ball seven times in the first, but the defense stepped up, with the Eagles shooting just five of 20 from the field.
UTM head coach Nkosi Adams was quick to praise Humber, who are now 8-2 and second in the West.
“Their athleticism is what impresses me most,” Adams said. “Our man-to-man defense is something we need to work on. We knew how good they were coming in.”
The Eagles had its most successful play early in the third, shooting 60 per cent from guards Nicholas Al-Rehany and Mathushan Srikannathasan and forward John Filaber. It didn’t put much of a dent in the gap between the two teams.
Their first victory continues to elude them, as they sit in the Western division basement with a 0-8 to start the year. And they didn’t get close to the Hawks, never getting closer than the 36-point deficit they trailed at the end of the third, by a score of 77-41.
Humber guard Kenny Ejim was the top scorer for Humber with 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists. C.J. Bennett chipped in with 16 points and 10 boards, while Fowzi Mohamoud scored six off the bench.
Forward Zamam Khan paced the Eagles in the losing effort with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Adams said being the new team on the block is what really hurt the Eagles more than the prospect of facing the nation’s 14th ranked team.
“Being the new guys, we are going to have to try to do things and try to adjust,” Adams said. “They are a solid team and their fast break points were something we definitely expected.”
Next up for the Hawks is a road trip to Niagara to face the 5-and-3 Knights, and at 8 p.m. on Dec. 8.