McGill (10-4, 4-2) 53, Laval (6-10, 4-2) 47… Overcoming 19 turnovers, 26% shooting and a 46% effort at the foul line, Redmen got back-to-back late 3’s by 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun and 6’1″ Jenning Leung in gut-it-out, grinding win at Laval, avenging Thursday night’s home loss in Montreal.
Laval had used their superior athleticism, regularly getting out in transition in their road win. However, last night, McGill completely dominated the offensive glass with 26 “o” boards, stifling any easy run-outs and picking up an important win without the services of starting 6’1″ freshman point guard Kendrick Jolin who strained his calf muscle in the game on Thursday.
McGill also went away from Thursday’s strategy of switching all screens and hand-offs and back to their more traditional defending which annually is among the best statistically in the nation. The result was holding Laval to just 30% shooting and 24 second half points as Redmen rallied from a deficit to dominate the fourth.
Leung finished with 17 points including 5 of 10 from three point land while 6’5″ Michael Peterkin, 6’7″ Francois Bourque and Ogundokun combined for 22 offensive rebounds with Dele finishing with 11 points, 14 rebounds. Laval was led by 6’5″ Alexandre Leclerc who had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists on 3-15 shooting while 6’2″ Nicolas Begin added 9 points in the loss. The teams combined for 41 turnovers – it felt like more – and just 12 for 26 from the free throw line and numerous up close lay-ups were missed.
RSEQ action continues with UQAM at Concordia this afternoon at 4 PM from the BeeHive before a full slate of games next weekend.