The story was all about Terry Thomas on Saturday night. The 6-4 forward had a monster night for uOttawa scoring 42 points and shooting 15-for-19 to lead the Gee-Gees to an easy 100-79 victory over the Queen’s Gaels. The win keeps the Gee-Gees perfect when playing at Monpetit Hall this season with a 7-0 record.
Including tonight, Thomas has averaged 19.8 points per game since joining the Gee-Gees on November 29 and has brought countless highlight reel plays to Monpetit Hall since his arrival. Thomas’s 42 points sets a new career high for the forward whose previous high was 39 points recorded at the CIS quarter-final in 2012 when he played for St. Francis-Xavier University. The point total comes just short of the Gee-Gees record for points in a game set by Warren Ward last season with 43 versus the Laurier Golden Hawks, and is only the fourth 40 point game in program history.
The game was close for most of the first half until uOttawa’s offence exploded before heading into the halftime and continued to pour on the points in the second half. The Gaels struggled to stop Ottawa from the three-point line and in transition throughout the game. As a result, they witnessed their chances for any kind of a come from behind win vanish before the fourth quarter even started.
Sukhpreet Singh paced the Gaels offence with 17 points, with fellow guard Roshane Roberts chipping in 16. The Gaels had a rough night from the floor as a team, shooting just 38 per cent.
“Even before he [Thomas] could play for us he was battling injuries so he could not fully practice to his potential. Now that those injuries are behind him we are seeing what he can do and how dominant he can be. He was great tonight and we needed him to be because they were really loading up the defence on Johnny [Berhanemeskel],” commented Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “Every game is different and we liked the fact that we got the two wins at home this weekend. It’s been a long week so we will rest up for a couple days then start thinking about Ryerson.”
“I wasn’t going out tonight trying to beat any records. When a game gets intense I just try to dial in and get into a zone, just have a strong performance for my team,” said Thomas, who scored his impressive total in just 24 minutes on the floor.
Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue, Ottawa’s starting centre who has been on fire as of late, left the game in the first half with what appeared to be pain to the abdomen. The loss of Gonthier-Dubue could mean bad news for the Gee-Gees who are still without backup center Jeff Plunkett as he recovers from a sprained ankle.
uOttawa will return to the road next weekend when they travel to Toronto to take on the no. 4 ranked Ryerson Rams and Toronto Varsity Blues. The matchup marks the second time this season that uOttawa will face the Toronto based teams as they won both games at Monpetit Hall earlier this month.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 26 27 15 28 79
Queen’s 14 22 15 28 100