The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team’s offence exploded in the second half on Saturday, leading them to a 91-73 win over a tough Windsor Lancers team.
In a rollercoaster of just over a week, the Gee-Gees have played five games, including a trip for two games in Waterloo, a thrilling Bytown Battle matchup with Carleton, and a final two home games to close the stretch.
Feeling the effects of the grueling stand, the team came out slightly flat through the first two quarters. Windsor was able to control the pace with their quick transition and three-point heavy game, the Gee-Gees trailed for most of the first half, but were able to bring the game to a 35-35 tie at halftime.
The second half was a completely different game for the Gee-Gees, they came out aggressive, defending and hitting their shots. In the fourth quarter, the Ottawa lead climbed over 20 points, but Windsor was able to close the game down 18 points on some last minute free-throws.
The Gee-Gees had four players score in double-digits on the night, including massive performances from fourth-year point guard Sean Stoqua and fifth-year forward Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles.
Stoqua led the Gee-Gees with a season-high 21 points, along with five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Pierre-Charles continued his dominant play with his second consecutive double-double racking up 20 points, 11 rebounds, and one block on the night.
“A win like this shows a lot of character,” said Pierre-Charles. “Everyone knows that we’ve been struggling a bit offensively, but we’re a good shooting team and we showed that in the second half. We have to execute and trust our system, when we play together, beautiful things happen.”
Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin echoed Pierre-Charles’ sentiments, stressing how pleased he was that the team finally balanced their strong defence with some firepower.
“I thought we did a really good job,” said Derouin. “Our defense has been solid throughout, but it was our offensive aggression in the second half that was so different. It’s not really about making shots for us, it’s about taking them with confidence. Tonight was good, they got to see the ball go down.”
On a historical note, Derouin earned his 200th overall U SPORTS win after taking the helm of the Gee-Gees in 2010. He is currently ranked second in winning percentage among active coaches in the nation.
Looking ahead, the team has a single road game in Thunder Bay at Lakehead University on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and will be streaming live on OUA.tv