Once again getting big performances from their better offensive players, Concordia jumped out to leads as high as 17 in the third quarter before holding on for a 68-57 win at McGill this afternoon, sending the slumping Redmen to their third consecutive loss and leaving the RSEQ wide-open from places 1 through 4.
6’4″ Ken Beaulieu once again was a difficult check for McGill to handle, making several big plays off the dribble including a pair of emphatic two-handed slams during the game-deciding run in the third quarter. On the first, Beaulieu blew past 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun along the left baseline and hammered it over 2 help side guys and later capped a big run with a transition slam. Bishop’s transfer shooting guard Jaleel Webb broke out of shooting slump with four first half 3’s for the Stingers as McGill lost the streaky but dangerous long-range gunner in transition or stood and watched as Webb knocked shots down in defender’s face.
The Redmen were once again brutal from the perimeter, missing their first 6 or 7 threes, several of which were wide open and trailed 15-8 after the first quarter. McGill continued to do a decent job in the half-court defending but some questionable fouls (both by McGill defenders and referee calls) kept possessions alive. Still, Redmen fought back to bring it to 5 by halftime. Concordia’s 6’0″ pg Ricardo Monge, who had such a wonderful game on Thursday night against McGill, played only 5 minutes in the first half with 2 fouls but the rest of the Stingers picked up the slack.
Concordia started the third quarter on a 9-2 run and then broke away as Beaulieu got going. Redmen were able to whittle the lead down to 5 late after creating some turnovers but Beaulieu hit a pair of free throws to ice it late.
Stingers now move to 6-4 as we hit the mid-way point of the RSEQ season while McGill drops to 5-3.
In the OUA this afternoon, in North York in what multiple observers called arguably the ugliest, worst played game in several years (note that specific comments have been censored down to acceptable, family-oriented consumption), Queen’s Gaels outlasted hometown York Lions 62-59. The team’s combined to shoot 5 for 35 from 3 which calculates to an astounding 14%. As well, there were 40 turnovers and 30 offensive boards as the Gaels kept within distance of first place Ryerson, moving to 7-3. The Lions, who have yet to win a home league game this season, drop to 3-7 with a trip to Ottawa next weekend looming for both teams.
In Hamilton, McMaster remained in control throughout during a comfortable 77-61 win over Western despite 34 points and 14 rebounds from 6’3″ Greg Morrow; Western was just 3 for 20 (15%) from 3. Mac has now won 8 games in a row in advance of next week’s pair of games at the Thunderdome against Lakehead. In two weeks, Marauders entertain both Ottawa and Carleton in an effort to continue to climb the national rankings.