The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team dispatched the visiting Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks by an 89-68 score on Saturday night, led by 21 points apiece from Caleb Agada and Johnny Berhanemeskel.
Despite the high score, no. 2 ranked Ottawa suffered from a power outage behind the arc, shooting just 4-22 from three-point land. To help make up for it, fourth-year post Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue notched his second double-double of the season, recording 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Laurier was paced by 15 points from Will Coulthard and received 14 second-half points from all-star Max Allin. Allin fell victim to early foul trouble, picking up his third just 13 minutes into the contest. Lacking Allin’s veteran presence and scoring touch, the Golden Hawk offence struggled with shot selection throughout the evening.
The Gee-Gees burst out to a 26-13 start and continued to pour in the points, totalling 55 at the halftime break on 45 per cent shooting. Gonthier-Dubue picked up nine of his points in the first half, and the game seemed securely in Ottawa’s hands.
However, a renewed defensive effort by the Hawks and some mental lapses from the Gee-Gees combined to make the third quarter a 16-15 affair in favour of the purple and gold. Laurier closed the 23-point halftime gap to 15 points in the third, but were held at bay thanks to a surge of energy from Berhanemeskel.
Overall, Ottawa shot 46.4 per cent from the field and held Laurier to a 30.6 per cent night. Ottawa was also strong from the free throw line, going 21-for-23 on the evening.
The win elevates the Gee-Gees’ record to 8-0 in the OUA heading into next week’s battle with the Carleton Ravens, who also stand at 8-0. Tickets are available through the Ravens ticket office.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 26 29 15 19 89
Laurier 13 19 16 20 68