McMaster 69, McGill 62… 6’4″ Lazar Kojovic knocked down consecutive 3’s from the left wing early in the third quarter giving the Marauders the lead for good and 6’1″ guard David McCulloch scorched the Redmen off the dribble, leading all scorers with 25 points as McMaster upset last season’s RSEQ champions in the first game of the Guy Vetrie tournament at UVic. The host Vikes came back from an early deficit to defeat Regina Cougars 76-67 in the night cap as 6’1″ Oakland, CA. native Wayne Tucker Jr., last season’s ACAC Player-of-the-Year at Olds College who transferred to UVic for his final two seasons of eligibility had 15 points.
McGill jumped out strong to an 11-1 lead early with stifling half-court “d” and 7 points from 6’1″ Jenning Leung. But the Marauders dominated the offensive glass, getting several second chance opportunities and McGill struggled to finish in transition and generally get any real good looks out of their hand-off offense, allowing McCulloch and 6’3″ Rohan Boney to get off and take first half leads as large as 5. A 7-0 run led by 6’6″ Francois Bourque (17 points, 7 rebounds) allowed the Redmen to carry a two point lead into halftime that was quickly erased by Kojovic’s 3’s and an inability to control McCulloch off the dribble.
In a sloppy game that featured 52 fouls (30 by McGill) and 44 turnovers (26 by McGill), the Marauders shot 44 free throws and won despite being held to only 31% shooting from the floor. In the end, the Marauders had by far the most talented and productive guard on the floor in McCulloch while the Redmen struggled to score and not foul.
McGill meets the host Vikes tonight while Mac and Regina tangle on Day 2 of the three-day event being played on the new Ken and Kathy Shields Floor.