McGill (1-0) 62, Laval (0-1) 61… The veteran Redmen turned to some of their younger pieces in squeezing out a tight win at home over Rouge et Or as 6’2″ freshman Greg Trahan came off the bench to run the offense with steady decision making for the most part, scoring 9 points in 21 minutes while 6’4″ Daniel Pieper had all 7 of his in the second half for McGill. Redmen led by 9 at 56-47, as Pieper culminated a 24-5 run with a follow-up finish with just 6 minutes remaining but McGill would score just one more field goal the rest of the way and go an ugly 4 for 12 from the free throw line to allow Laval back in it. Both teams were perimeter-shooting challenged as Redmen shot just 5 for 28 from downtown (18%) and 15 for 32 (47%) from the foul line while Laval shot 36% from the floor and just 9-18 from the line. Rouge et Or came out of the gate with an 11-0 run to start the game as McGill missed their first 10 shots, scoring their first points at the free throw line with 7 minutes gone in the game and only getting their first field goal on a tip-in by Trahan with less than 20 seconds remaining in the quarter. Laval was not much better, going just 3 for 17 from the floor in the opening frame. 6’9″ Noah Daoust, who led McGill with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 turnovers, had 6 points in the second quarter to get Redmen back in it to trail by just 1 at the half. But Laval scored the first 10 points of the second half, led by stocky, talented 6’2″ guard Nicolas Begin (14 points, 4-7 3’s) who hit back-to-back 3’s while 6’5″ Alexandre Leclerc, who led all scorers with 20 points in 32 minutes had a couple of acrobatic buckets to put Laval up 11 and the upset was brewing. But Daoust scored 5 straight and McGill finished the third on a 17-7 run to cut the deficit to 1 and when Pieper and Trahan got to the rim on back-to-back possession early in the third McGill took the lead for good. McGill stayed in the game with 15 offensive rebounds including five by long 6’5″ forward Michael Peterkin. Laval hosts Concordia on Sunday afternoon while McGill travels to UQAM next Thursday night.
Concordia (1-0) 70, Bishop’s (0-1) 67… In another offensively-challenged affair, 6’4″ Ken Beaulieu‘s three with under 5 minutes to play in the game – the first points by either side in the fourth quarter – gave Stingers the lead for good and Concordia survived despite Gaiters getting two chances at a game-tying three but could not convert as the Stingers held on at home on newly named John Dore Court at the BeeHive. Bishop’s scored just 2 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes and just 8 in the final frame overall but still had a chance to send it into overtime after Beaulieu missed a pair of free throws up 3 with 13 seconds remaining. The team’s combined to shoot 9 for 43 from three-point land. Bishop’s pair of emerging sophomores led the way as 6’5″ Nick Harvey had 16 points and 9 boards while reigning RSEQ Rookie-of-the-Year 6’4″ Abdul Kamane added 15 points and 8 rebounds. 6’2″ Henderson Charles led Concordia with 14 points. Bishop’s hosts UQAM on Saturday night while Stingers travel to Laval for a Sunday afternoon affair.