Men’s Basketball (9-9 OUA)
At York University (8-10 OUA) Friday, February 4, 2011 at 8 p.m. in Toronto, Ont.
uOttawa: Warren Ward 26 pts, 10 reb; Johnny Berhanemeskel 24 pts, 5 reb
York: Stefan Haynes 28 pts, 7 reb
It perhaps was not the ‘signature win’ head coach James Derouin was looking for but the Gee-Gees got the job done nevertheless with a crucial 88-83 win road win at York on Friday night. The garnet and grey now move into sole possession of third place in the OUA East Division with a 9-9 record.
It was lights out tonight for third-year guard Warren Ward, London, Ont., who scored a double double and led the way with 26 points and 10 boards. Equally impressive was the play of first-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa, Ont., who finished with 24 points in 27 minutes of play, and went 6 for 11 from the three-point line.
“A huge win for us on the road. Finally get back up to five hundred at nine and nine. Just a great win, and a big character win for the guys on the road,” said Derouin.
“Johnny and Warren had it going tonight. Warren was just dominating, since Christmas he’s been back to his normal self and he was awesome tonight,” he added.
Heading into Sudbury tomorrow night, Derouin knows they cannot take the Voyageurs lightly when playing at home: “We would like to get out of this road trip with two wins. It’s one of the toughest in the country in terms of road trips, and Laurentian at home is a completely different team then they are anywhere else. So we need to be ready and on our game that’s for sure.”
The Gee-Gees and Laurentian Voyageurs are set for an 8 p.m. tip off in Sudbury, Ont., tomorrow night.