RSEQ: McGill dominates at UQAM

McGill (11-4, 5-2) 90, UQAM (8-10, 3-4) 59... Redmen shrugged off a slow start to dominate the middle part of the game, building leads as large as 18 in the second quarter as 6’2″ Dele Ogundukun dominated defensively and had his best overall offensive performance of the season with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists as McGill won at UQAM.  6’9″ Sebastien Beckett came off the bench to finish with a career-high 19 points and added 7 rebounds, more importantly keeping several balls alive on the offensive glass which Redmen dominated when it was still a game.  Citadins had jumped out to a 9-0 lead making their first 4 shots including a pair of jumpers by 6’0″ Charles Miller, but 6’7″ Francois Bourque finished an “and 1” and then McGill created an immediate turnover and easy basket to grab the momentum back.  Shortly thereafter, Miller missed a baseline “j” and came down awkwardly on his ankle, leaving the game for good with the injury.  Redmen locked down a listless Citadins offense from there, holding the hosts to just 19 points in the next 16 minutes while getting numerous second chances inside, some of which resulted in kick-outs for open 3’s for Ogundokun and 6’1″ Jenning Leung and the route was on early.  McGill’s ability to make perimeter jumpers forced UQAM to cheat to the perimeter, opening up driving lanes for Redmen to slash to the rim, highlighted by 6’5″ Michael Peterkin‘s exciting in-traffic dunk which punctuated the evening midway through the third quarter when, off strong ball movement by the Redmen, he attacked a close-out off the right wing and finished with an “and 1” slam.  The teams meet again tomorrow at McGill in a 6 PM ET start.

Bishop’s (4-9, 1-4) 64, Laval (6-11, 4-3) 58... Gaiters get back into the RSEQ playoff race with a critical road win in Ste. Foy getting 19 points and 8 rebounds from 6’5″ David Belanger and coming from behind in the second half, winning despite shooting just 2 for 20 from downtown.  Laval played without star 6’5″ wing Alexandre Leclerc, who missed the game with an ankle injury.  Gaiters, who were playing their first game in 7 weeks, were “rusty” early as Head Coach Rod Gilpin put it, turning it over 10 times in the first quarter but settled in after that, helped by 15 offensive rebounds and 25 Laval turnovers.  6’1″ Nicolas Begin had 13 and Vladimir Thomas added 12 to lead Rouge et Or, who shot just 7 for 27 from downtown and clearly missed their RSEQ Player-of-the-Year candidate.  The teams meet again tomorrow night in Lennoxville.

RSEQ Standings

McGill 5-2

Laval 4-3

Concordia 3-3

UQAM 3-4

Bishop’s 1-4


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