The nationally third-ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team played one of their most exciting matches of the season in a 78-64 win Saturday night at Windsor. For the majority of the first half, the game was a shootout with the teams trading blows, many of which coming from behind the arc for both teams.
Windsor did an amicable job at keeping pace with the Gee-Gees early, but as both teams' shooting started to cool, it was rebounds and high percentage looks that guided Ottawa to victory.
The win was highlighted by the most dominant performance of Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles’ collegiate career. The fourth-year forward posted an astronomical 24-point, 16-rebound, and four block stat line that proved the kind of elite weapon he can be.
Caleb Agada’s performance was almost as impressive, putting up 22 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists in the win. Pierre-Charles and Agada were driving forces behind the Gee-Gees sizeable rebound advantage out-duelling the Lancers 55-36 on the boards.
The Gee-Gees cooled down from beyond the arc in the win, hitting only seven, compared to their 17 on Friday afternoon at Western. Brody Maracle was also a force in his second game coming off the bench for Ottawa, the fourth-year scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the battle.
Windsor had much to play for in the game, they held a narrow lead atop the OUA west division heading into the weekend and with losses to both Carleton and Ottawa, they are now tied with Laurier as playoffs become imminent.
The Gee-Gees will have a week of practice to prepare for Friday night’s rematch with the U SPORTS top-ranked Carleton Ravens in the Capital Hoops Classic at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Tickets for students are available at the Client Services desks at Montpetit Hall and Minto Sports Complex. General public tickets can be purchased online through the Canadian Tire Centre website.
vs. Carleton (Capital Hoops Classic)