Saturday’s matchup between the no. 2 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees men’s basketball team and the Laurier Golden Hawks was as advertised – an offensive showcase. Ottawa pulled ahead in the second half on the strength of massive performances from fifth-years Johnny Berhanemeskel and Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue, and collected a 113-95 victory to run its record to 6-0 on the regular season.
This is the fourth time that Ottawa has broken the 100-point barrier this regular season, improving the team’s nation-leading scoring average to 103 points per game.
Things were tight at halftime, with Ottawa ahead 45-40. At that point, Berhanemeskel had 13 points while Gonthier-Dubue was off to a solid start with ten points. The duo would finish the game with 34 and 20, respectively as Ottawa exploded for 36 points in the third quarter to pull ahead for good.
Berhanemeskel sank 4-of-8 from long distance and also picked up six rebounds and seven assists, while Gonthier-Dubue was 6-for-9 from the floor and a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line.
Excellent play from Laurier guard James Agyeman and post man Kyrie Coleman had sustained the Laurier offence at a 47 per cent clip in the opening half. Laurier would continue to score in the second half, including a notable increase from downtown, but a 12-1 run by Ottawa at the start of the third quarter, punctuated by a Caleb Agada dunk, was insurmountable.
The Gee-Gees shot 65 per cent from the floor in the second half and 58.5 per cent overall on the night, draining 12 treys as a team.
Next up for Ottawa will be a key home date with the no. 3 ranked Ryerson Rams on Friday night at Montpetit Hall. Notably, Ryerson defeated Laurier by an 87-54 margin on opening weekend. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance of the game.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 23 22 36 32 113
Laurier 21 19 26 29 95