UQAM (2-0) 83, Queen’s (0-2) 61… Citadins jumped out to a 17-0 lead off the start of the game and were never seriously threatened after that as tremendous guard play from 6’0″ freshman Misi Boye, 6’1″ Charles Miller and 6’2″ Greishe Clerjuste, all of who made big, tough shots with hands in their face to propel UQAM to the outstanding start. Citadins are now 7-2 overall this season including what Head Coach Nate Philippe calls three of the biggest wins in program history vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff, St. Thomas Aquinas (top NCAA 2 team) and uOttawa. Left for inconsequential when reigning RSEQ POY Kewyn Blain suddenly left the program in early September, UQAM is now 5-0 without Blain and Philippe’s team is embracing the underdog role with another solid win against the reeling Gaels at home.
McGill (2-1) 82, Regina (0-3) 61… 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun had a career-high 25 points including 4 three-pointers and Redmen gutted out a win on Day 3 of the Vetrie, steadily pulling away from the Cougars with another solid defensive effort. McGill’s effort again was characterized by inconsistent rebounding early and generally uneven play from their point guards however Ogundokun, 6’6″ Francois Bourque (8 points, 14 rebounds) and 6’1″ Jenning Leung (14 points, also 4 of 7 3’s) made big plays at key moments, allowing McGill to pull away for the easy win. Redmen shot 11-26 from downtown and held Cougars to just 3 for 19 from 3 and 35% shooting overall. Burly 6’6″ post Stephen Shields had 16 points and 6 rebounds for Regina, showing a nice perimeter touch however Cougars went through long stretches where they couldn’t score and turned the ball over 20 times in the loss.