Nipissing 93, Queen’s 84… Lakers took the lead for good late in the first half, holding off all Gaels run to author another in a string of important road wins for this emerging program, this time in Kingston. Nipissing had 6 players in double figures, shot 13-30 (43%) from downtown – including 5 for 6 in the fourth quarter – and, significantly, dominated the glass at 48-32 to win their fourth of their past 6 away from home (Lakers only two road losses during this stretch were at Ottawa and at Carleton). Reserves Addy Ogunye and freshman Jaaden Lewis combined to go a perfect 4 for 4 from downtown in the fourth – scoring 20 points between them in the final 10 minutes – as Nipissing answered every potential Queen’s run. Sukhpreet Singh led all scorers with 29 for the Gaels while 6’8″ Justin Shaver had a 12-point, 10-rebound double double, again off the bench for Nipissing, which travels to North York to meet York Lions tomorrow as coach Chris Cheng returns to his former program.
Laurentian 79, York 58… 6’2″ Kadre Gray had 18 of his game-high 24 points in the first half including 12 in the first 10 minutes as Voyageurs jumped out to a 25 point lead by late in the second quarter to romp the Lions in North York. Laurentian held York scoreless during a 7 minute stretch of the second quarter, going on a 16-0 run that included six consecutive points by 6’5″ William Yengue (18 points) and both teams went deep into their benches shortly thereafter. York starters combined to score just 22 points including just 5 for Lions emerging 6’5″ forward Brandon Ramirez who came into the game averaging 18.3 ppg.
#1 Carleton 104, Windsor 54… Ravens broke it open midway through the second quarter as 6’4″ Connor Wood had 15 of his game-high 30 points during a 28-2 stretch in an easy win in Windsor. Wood had the first 12 points in the run that bridged the second and third quarters and has firmly established himself as the best overall player in the OUA this season and a Moser Award favorite thus far.
Guelph 76, Algoma 58… 6’2″ Jonathan Wallace had 20 points as Gryphons took the lead for good with just 3 minutes gone in the game, leading by double digits for the majority in a home win over the Thunderbirds, who shot just 2 for 19 from three-point land.