Dominant 3rd quarter run leads McGill over D1 Knights


McGill 76, Fairleigh Dickinson 69… Redmen used a 20-2 early third quarter run to pull away from the NCAA D1 Knights, the defending Northeast conference champions from last season.  Redmen made five threes during the game-deciding stretch including a pair by sophomore Isaiah Cummins who is working well with impact freshman Greg Trahan, and helping the Redmen to feel much more confident about their point guard depth.  Cummins, who comes off an injury-plagued freshman season, was tried at the point for parts of last season however it appears his move to the “2” is now solid; yesterday, his slashing and improving perimeter “j” was on display playing the wing.  Still, the veteran trio of 6’8″ Francois Bourque (5 of his 9 points in the run + 11 rebounds), 6’1″ Jenning Leung (16 points including 4 3’s) and 6’8″ Noah Daoust (4-6 3’s, 12 points and 5 assists) provided much of the push as the Redmen comfortably handled an NCAA tournament participant that is returning virtually their entire team (McGill was again without 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun and 6’5″ Michael Peterkin).  Redmen jumped out to an early 9 point lead but the Knight clawed back to even by halftime and then scored the first 4 points of the third.  But strong perimeter “d” and deft shooting help McGill build a gap that remained comfortable virtually throughout – Redmen led by 15 with 7 minutes left.  McGill went a collective 14 for 37 from 3 against just 3-17 for FDU and Redmen had 14 offensive rebounds in what amounted to another strong showing by an RSEQ program vs. NCAA.

 

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