McGill 99, UQAM 70 … 6’0″ Jenning Leung had 16 of his 25 points in the first quarter as the Redmen shot to an early 20 point lead and led by as many as 40+ in the second half of a dominant, start-to-finish route of the Citadins at Love Competition Hall. McGill hit their first three 3’s and jumped to an early double digit lead as Leung made 4 of his first 5 from downtown. Later, 6’4″ Avery Cadogen got into the act off the bench making all 4 of his second-quarter threes and scoring 15 of his 19 before halftime as Redmen led by 30 into the break. Redmen sent double teams at Citadins star 6’2″ guard Greishe Clerjuste early when it was still a game and the lefty turned it over or took contested shots. McGill also dominated the glass, holding Citadins to “one and done” in most possessions and creating numerous turnovers that led to easy run-outs, with Cadogen and 6’5″ Michael Peterkin getting the Beach Night crowd energized with two-handed dunks. Redmen played without 6’1″ freshman starting point guard Kendrick Jolin, who is sidelined with a case of pneumonia.
With the victory, McGill is on the verge of clinching their 5th consecutive RSEQ regular season title. Now with a 10-3 record, Redmen lead second-place Concordia by 1 1/2 games but, for all intents and purposes, own the tiebreaker between the 2 teams, having won 2 of 3 with a point differential of +42. With a win at the BeeHive next Thursday night, Redmen will officially clinch but can still finish first by winning their final 2 games assuming Concordia does not beat them by 42.