#1 Ryerson 98, Algoma 56 Algoma hung tough into early in the third but the Rams moved closer to clinching RPI #1 seed in the OUA with a 53 point second half as 5 players hit double figures including 6’9″ Kadeem Green who had 14 points, 14 rebounds. Rams prepared for tomorrow’s Enercare Center match with U of T Varsity Blues, part of the NBA All-Star game festivities in Toronto.
#2 Ottawa 89, #6 Brock 82 Badgers hung around but uOttawa answered every run as 6’1″ Mike L’Africain had another large offensive game with 33 points while 6’6″ Matt Plunkett droves some daggers in Brock runs with 17 second-half points including 4 for 6 from beyond the arc (he finished 5 for 9 from 3 overall) as the Gee-Gees gained a split of their weekend games in Southern Ontario. Brock’s 6’0″ freshman guard out of Cardinal Newman in Hamilton, Tyler Brown, gave Region fans a glimpse of the future with a career-high 28 points including 19 in the second half in a sterling performance. Badgers 6’6″ Dani Elgadi struggled for the second consecutive night, finishing with just 9 points before fouling out.
#3 Carleton 74, #10 McMaster 65 In another workman-like effort, the Ravens pulled away in the second half, building leads as large as 19 behind 6’4″ Connor Wood‘s 22 points. Ravens also got solid efforts from 7’ Cam Smythe and defensively and on the glass from 6’6″ Mitchell Wood, who did a nice job guarding Mac’s explosive Leon Alexander in spurts and was strong on the glass at both ends. McMaster hurt themselves with a 9 for 21 effort at the free throw line. Ravens are firmly in third place in the OUA RPI.
Western 81, York 80 Lions remained winless at home, now 0-7, but did fight back from an early 19 point deficit, getting it to one with a chance to tie it on the last possession after Mustangs 6’3″ wing Greg Morrow (33 points to lead all scorers) missed a pair of late free throws. But Western held to push York to 3-13 but with still an outside shot at a playoff spot with games remaining at Algoma and home to Ryerson and U of T Varsity Blues, a team they currently trail by 2 games. 6’3″ guard Gene Spagnuolo, given more minutes in the absence of 6’3″ Shane Reader, 6’1″ Philip Gillen, 6’3″ Tristan Newman and 6’0″ Rakeem Isaac, had 23 points for the Lions in the loss.
Lakehead 89, Laurier 85 Improving their chances significantly for third place in the OUA Central, the Thunderwolves secured an important road win as freshman Kache Kopec gave Lakehead the lead for good with a 3 off a feed from Henry Tan with just 1 1/2 minutes left. Bacarius Dinkins had 26 and 13 for Lakehead while 6’6″ Matt Chesson went for a season-high 28 points and 13 boards for the Golden Hawks, who sit third in the OUA West. Lakehead leads fourth place Guelph, winners across town at Waterloo 90-75, by two games with 4 games remaining.
Windsor 93, Queen’s 87 Lancers got their draw and kick game going, building leads as large as 20 by shooting 57% (13 for 24) from downtown behind Alex Campbell‘s 23 points. Gaels pushed for another miracle comeback, led by 6’2″ Sukhpreet Singh who led all scorers with 30 points, adding 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Singh’s three whittled a Lancer lead that had been 17 midway through the fourth to 3 with 20 seconds remaining. But unlike last night’s comeback vs. Western, Windsor held on to maintain their lead atop OUA West.
Laurentian all but clinched third spot in the OUA North with an 84-64 win over Nipissing, holding the Lakers to just 4 fourth-quarter points as guard David Aromolaren had 23 points. Both teams finish with games against Brock, McMaster, Ottawa and Carleton.