Queen’s 85, St. Lawrence-Kingston 84 in Overtime… Gaels, in the words of Head Coach Steph Barrie, “survived” to hold off a very game Vikings side in overtime despite holding double digit leads on several occasions. Queen’s had few answers for defending OCAA POY 5’11” scoring combo guard Jaz Bains, who had 29 points but could not convert on a pull-up on the final possession of the game in OT. Bains is a growing star who has elevated his game dramatically in this his third season under Head Coach Barry Smith after not even making the Varsity at Humber College in his first season. Bains is described as a very good passer who gets to the rim and is tough in transition; a legitimate great player.
Gaels simply could not put St.L-K away, grabbing a 15 point first quarter lead that evaporated and then had multiple 12+ points leads and finally up 11 early in the fourth. But Vikings held on forcing the overtime with a chance to win on the final possession.
6’3″ York transfer Richard Iheadindu was very good down stretch for Queen’s, finishing with 18 points, taking over from 6’3″ Sukhpreet Singh who left the game after cramping up in the second half. Queen’s also got a solid effort from 6’6″ freshman Harry Range, who down the stretch of the fourth quarter with game on the line hit a big 3 and then a Europe-step finish late showing he will be a factor in the Gaels rotation.
Queen’s played without regulars 6’10” Mike Shoveller and 6’4″ sophomore guard Vincent Wood (back spasms) among others as Gaels have hit a bit of a rough spot with injuries. But Barrie was very complementary of the Vikes and Coach Smith, indicating “we barely hung on and escaped” more than they won.
Queen’s now travels to Montreal to face Concordia Stingers on Friday and at UQAM Saturday.