Men’s basketball (13-3 OUA)
Hosted Ryerson (6-9 OUA) at Montpetit Hall Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
Ryerson 31 73
uOttawa 31 82
Boris Bakovic, 23 points, 10 rebounds - Ryerson
Josh Gibson-Bascombe, 26 points, 9 rebounds - uOttawa
The Gee-Gees came out to a commanding lead to start the game, but had to battle the rest of the game to prove tonight’s 82-73 victory over the Rams truly belonged to them.
The Gee-Gees started strong in the first quarter, leading 21-12 after ten minutes. But the Gee-Gees had a tough time maintaining their lead through the second quarter, multiple times surrendering the advantage to the Rams and coming out tied 31-31 at the half.
The Gee-Gees came out with all guns firing into the second half, lengthening their lead once again, only to have the Rams charge back to within one point. uOttawa exited the third quarter after scoring a game-high 26 points and with a confident eight point lead.
Ryerson had their highest scoring quarter with 24 points in the final segment, but the Gee-Gees maintained control and let their third quarter lead carry them to a decisive 82-73 win over the Rams.
Fifth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) led the uOttawa team with 26 points and 9 rebounds. “We got outworked tonight, but we played strong. We gutted one out. It was a tough game.”
Head Coach Dave DeAveiro admitted that “It wasn’t our best effort. I thought we played in streaks tonight. There were times when we were really good and there were times when we were really bad. We got up early…and let them back in the game. You can’t let teams back in the game because it gives them a little confidence and [then] they build some confidence and it’s a struggle.”
The Gee-Gees will challenge Toronto tomorrow night, January 29, in their final home game of the season at Montpetit Hall at 8:00 p.m.