The no. 1 ranked uOttawa men’s basketball team wasted no time ensuring it was going to control the pace of its lone game of the weekend, opening with an 11-0 run over the Algoma Thunderbirds. That start led to an 85-49 victory, improving Ottawa’s regular season record to 5-0.
Caleb Agada was a force for the Gee-Gees, slamming home three dunks as part of his 18 points. The fourth-year wing also led the team in rebounding with nine and picked up a big block in the fourth quarter, keeping Ottawa’s energy up.
Second-year Gee-Gee Mackenzie Morrison marked his return to the lineup with eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes of action.
“It feels great to be back out here. The sideline gets really boring eventually,” joked Morrison, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury in NCAA exhibition against Baylor on August 13. “You cheer as loud as you can on the bench but I was itching to get back out here. Everyone was clicking, and doing what they do well.”
Ottawa locked down defensively in the opening quarter, and keyed on Algoma’s most dangerous players. Brett Zufelt finished with a team high of 10 points for the Thunderbirds, six of which came from the free throw line.
Algoma shot 21 per cent from the field in the first half while Ottawa enjoyed a 63 per cent shooting half and led 51-17 heading into the locker rooms.
The Gee-Gees will remain in Ottawa to take on the Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs next Friday and Saturday at Montpetit Hall.