There was a little bit extra on the line when the Manitoba Bisons men’s basketball team hosted the Winnipeg Wesmen Friday night: the winning school would capture the 25th Annual Duckworth Challenge.
The Bisons rode a monster first quarter to victory, knocking off the Wesmen 79-65 to capture the title 3-2.
The U of M could have clinched the friendly rivalry earlier in the night but were stymied as the Wesmen women’s squad squeaked out a 69-64 win.
The Duckworth Challenge is made up of head-to-head battles of the basketball and volleyball teams as well as the women’s soccer teams. Manitoba won the soccer match in the fall while on Thursday the schools split the volleyball match-ups.
The Bisons have now captured the Duckworth Challenge Trophy in six of the last seven seasons and 13 times overall.