Laurentian (2-0) 86, Windsor (1-1) 82… 6’2″ freshman sensation Kadre Gray had 15 of his game-high 34 points in the fourth quarter, including 12 in the final 5 minutes as Voyageurs outlasted the Lancers in an exciting game in Sudbury. Windsor took their last lead of the night at 73-69 with about 6 minutes remaining on a pair of free throws by 6’4″ Randy Oriakhi (8 points, 6 rebounds) but 6’4″ Hamilton native O.J. Watson, a transfer from Mohawk College, nailed a three and then Gray took the game over, giving Vees the lead for good with a pair of free throws and then helping to seal it with an “and 1″ on the next possession. Windsor kept it close the rest of the way on the heroics of 5’10” guard Mike Rocca, who had the final 9 points for the Lancers, part of his team-high 21 but Laurentian’s exciting guard Gray was the story again as he was on Friday night in Vees comeback win over Western. 6’2″ Micqueel Martin had 13 of his 20 points in the first half for Windsor while Watson finished with 17 for Laurentian, which got an encouraging 10 points in 37 minutes from all-OUA guard David Aromolaran, who is returning after missing much of the past few weeks. Windsor now returns home for their home opener Wednesday night against Guelph while Voyageurs take to the road at Toronto and at Ryerson this coming Friday and Saturday.
Algoma (1-2) 78, Laurier (1-2) 72… A pair of Kitchener St. Mary’s alumni returned home to help Thunderbirds avoid a weekend sweep as 6’1″ Jermaine Lyle (18 points in 39 minutes) and 6’3″ Nathan Riley (12 points, 13 rebounds in 30 minutes) were instrumental Algoma’s gritty victory on Saturday afternoon. Trailing by 6 at 56-50, Algoma pulled off a 20-3 run as 6’2″ Sean Clendinning had 8 points in the run and 13 of his 17 points overall in the second half to bring T-Birds back after they themselves blew a first-half 14 point lead. 5’11” Tevean Kokko struggled amid foul trouble but 6’8″ Vlad Matovic appears to be growing into a solid OUA wing forward as he slashed to the rim to go a perfect 7 for 7 with a team-high 18 points. 6’2″ Chuder Teny had 5 3’s for Laurier, which struggled to control the defensive glass, allowing 14 offensive rebounds which were instrumental in Algoma’s win.
Queen’s (1-1) 77, Guelph (1-1) 74… 6’3″ Richard Iheadindu knocked down the go-ahead three with about 46 seconds remaining in the game as the Gaels came back from a 7 point fourth-quarter deficit to knock off the Gryphons in Guelph. Coming off what most considered to be an upset loss the night before at York, Gaels stormed the offensive glass, grabbing 18 “o” boards overall against the smallish Guelph front line and got key performances down the stretch from 5’10” Sammy Ayisi (17 points overall), who found Iheadindu for the winning shot and 6’6″ Jesse Graham, who finished with 18 points. Guelph got 25 points and 9 rebounds from 6’5″ post Ahmed Haroon but could not overcome a 3-14 effort from downtown and the rebounding disadvantage. Iheadindu had 12 of 14 points after halftime including another three early in the fourth quarter.
Brock (1-0) 71, Toronto (1-2) 69... Badgers led comfortably for most of the way and then held off a very late Varsity Blues comeback attempt as 6’2″ fifth-year wing Ryan Bennett led the way with 20 points in a balanced Brock attack. Blues got back in the game late behind 6’5″ Devin Johnson who had 23 points including 14-16 from the line but shot just 4-14 from the field. 6’5″ Manny Sahota helped key an 8-13 effort from downtown overall for the Blues by scoring 16 points in just 15 minutes amid foul trouble. Steady 6’6″ freshman Daniel Cayer added 12 in the win for Brock which got just 10 points and 5 rebounds from All-Canadian Dani Elgadi, who fouled out after turning it over 6 times during the game.
Nipissing (1-1) 71, Western (0-3) 52… Lakers pulled away for an easy win as 6’6″ Justin Shaver was tough inside with 18 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 8 for 12 as Nipissing held the Mustangs to zero for 17 shooting from beyond the arc. Lakers also dominated the glass 42-20 and shot 7 for 16 from downtown themselves in the home victory.
McMaster (2-0) 62, Lakehead (1-2) 56… For the second consecutive evening, both teams were extremely sluggish offensively, combining for just 7 of 44 makes from downtown and Marauders again pulled away late as 6’7″ Connor Gilmore and 6’2″ David McCulloch each had 18 points in the victory. Thunderwolves shot just 28% for the game, getting 18 points and 14 rebounds including a pair of first-half two-handed throw-downs by 6’5″ Bakarius Dinkins who shot just 7 for 24 from the field.
OUA action continues Wednesday night at Guelph travels to Windsor for the Lancers home opener at the St. Denis Center while in Hamilton a pair of Top 10 teams tangle as Brock visits McMaster.