Redmen break to early lead, hold off Varsity Blues

#8 McGill (6-1) 72, Toronto (2-2) 67… 6’1″ Jenning Leung went a sizzling 7 for 8 from three point land, finishing with 28 points as the Redmen built leads larger than 20 and held off a determined Varsity Blues comeback in a game somewhat-marred by some late, physical play ostensibly created by an in-ability of the officials to navigate through the physicality inside from both teams.  Redmen continued their fine efforts defending after last night’s second-half lock-down against Waterloo, limited Toronto to just 43 points through three-quarters but the fourth quarter saw a parade to the free throw line – Blues went 13 for 17 from the stripe and got back to within reasonable striking distance despite shooting just 5 for 17 from the floor.  Toronto dropped a 15-point deficit with just over 4 minutes to play down to 5 with under a minute but Redmen held on, holding Blues to just 31.7% shooting overall.  6’7″ Francois Bourque was a beast inside with 18 points and 8 rebounds shooting 6 for 9 from the floor, while 6’5″ Michael Peterkin again was active and effectively with 5 points and 11 rebounds including 5 on the offensive glass.  McGill shot 11 for 22 from three.  6’5″ Devin Johnson had 22 points to the lead the Blues including 10-14 from the line while 6’5″ Manny Sahota added 17 before fouling out.  Redmen, 2-0 in the tournament, meet uOttawa Gee-Gees tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM while Blues meet Bishop’s at Noon.  Tonight’s feature game has the Gee-Gees hosting Concordia Stingers at 8 PM.  For those keeping score in this nine-game RSEQ vs. OUA tournament, after four games, RSEQ leads 3-1.



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