“We picked the worst night to have our worst game of the year,” said Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro.
Fifth-year post and Gee-Gees player of the game Dax Dessureault and fourth-year transfer guard Josh Wright had 12 points each for uOttawa, which fell to 5-8 in 13 all-time CIS tournament games.
The Gee-Gees will play one consolation semifinal Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against the StFX X-Men.
Western Ontario moves on to Saturday’s championship semifinal for a second straight year.
Dessureault picked up two fouls in the first three and a half minutes and the teams shared five lead changes before the Mustangs closed the first quarter ahead by one, 15-14.
The Mustangs out-scored the Gee-Gees 18-6 in the second quarter, including an 8-0 run punctuated by a three-point shot from fifth-year guard Matt Curtis for a 25-14 advantage leading to a 33-20 finish at the half off a missed dunk by Dessureault at the buzzer.
“That play told me this was not our night,” said Dessureault. ‘We never got on track.”
The Gee-Gees, making a third national tournament appearance in five years, shot just 23 per cent in the opening two quarters and 27 per cent for the game.
“When you shoot like we did against that good a team, you’re not going to win,” said DeAveiro. “The best team won tonight.”
Fourth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe, selected a second-team CIS all-Canadian Thursday for the Gee-Gees first national men’s basketball all-star win 34 years, picked up three fouls in the third quarter as uOttawa trailed 54-39.
Gibson-Bascombe finished with 10 points and two turnovers. Wright had a game-high five turnovers.
The Mustangs closed out the game out-scoring the Gee-Gees 21-9 in the fourth quarter.
uOttawa dressed rookie guard Loic Nwigema for the third time this season and first-year centre Matt
Michaud made a fourth appearance for the Gee-Gees.
The Mustangs defeated uOttawa 73-53 in November during the first game of the 2008-09 at London.
Saturday, March 14
12:30 pm Consolation Semifinal Concordia vs. Dalhousie Scotiabank Place
2:30 pm Consolation Semifinal uOttawa vs. StFX
6:00 pm Semifinal #1 (SCORE TV) UBC vs. Calgary
8:00 pm Semifinal #2 (SCORE TV) Western vs. Carleton
Sunday, March 15
1:30 pm Consolation Final
4:00 pm Championship Final (SCORE TV)