Men’s Basketball (7-9 OUA)
Hosted Queen’s (3-13 OUA) on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall (SSN Canada)
Warren Ward 18 points, 2 rebounds; Louis Gauthier 14 points, 10 rebounds - uOttawa
Dan Banister 7 points, 4 rebounds; Nikola Mislijencevic 6 points, 3 rebounds - Queen’s
The Gee-Gees made winning look easy tonight, as they stormed to a 71-41 victory over the Gaels in home court action.
“Our work ethic is now starting to pay off as we pull off these wins,” said third-year guard Warren Ward, London, Ont., “And I think that’s important. We’ve been working hard all season long and coming up short. So now it’s our time to start winning some games.”
The Gee-Gees marched onto the court tonight and showed a strong presence from the opening jump ball, taking a convincing 25-9 lead after the first quarter, before running away with a 12-point streak to open the second frame and leaving Queen’s with only five points, all sunk in the last two minutes.
Queen’s made the second half a bit more of a contest, but despite this effort, the garnet and grey continued to outscore the Gaels, adding another five to their lead in the third. The Gee-Gees saw a slow fourth frame, but the lead they had already built carried them to a victory.
Ward led the scoring charge for the Gee-Gees with 18 points. Fifth-year forward Louis Gauthier, Ottawa, Ont., wasn’t far behind as he clocked a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
“If you look at the final score alone, you would assume that I was pleased,” said head coach James Derouin, “The problem was how the game transpired; I thought we played poorly with the lead again, which was disappointing to me. I’m happy with the overall blind score, but there are still things we have to work on.”
The Gee-Gees will finish their marathon of five games in eight days tomorrow, on Saturday, January 29 as they host RMC at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall. (SSN Canada)