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Gee-Gees survive tense fourth quarter at Ryerson, win 83-77

Saturday January 14, 2012

Men’s basketball (8-4 OUA)
Visited Ryerson (5-7 OUA) on Saturday, January 14

  1 2 3 4 Final
Gee-Gees 22 20 25 16 83
Ryerson 19 11 29 18 77

uOttawa top scorers: Vikas Gill 15 points, Mike L’Africain 15 points, 6 rebounds; Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue 13 points.

The Gee-Gees needed every bit of their first half lead to close out the Ryerson Rams on Saturday night. The Rams came storming back in the second half, but a Jacob Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) three-pointer put the Gee-Gees ahead for good with 1:32 remaining in the game and the young Gee-Gees squad held on for a 83-77 win.

Ryerson built a 7-1 run to open the fourth and although a Mike L’Africain (Oakville, Ont.) three ended the field goal drought, Ryerson did take a one point lead with just over four minutes remaining. The Gee-Gees gathered themselves and finished the game with composure, despite a flurry of fouls and scrambling bodies.

The Rams, seemingly expecting Ottawa to run down the clock, left Gibson-Bascombe wide open and he stepped into the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:32 to go. Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) and Vikas Gill (Stittsville, Ont.) then sank their free-throws to secure the win.

It was truly a team effort for uOttawa as foul trouble caused a continuous rotation of players. Gill continued his hot shooting from the previous night, recording nine first half points. Akeem Gardner (Brampton, Ont.) picked up five quick points at the end of the second quarter to send Ottawa into the locker room with a twelve point lead. Ryan Malcolm-Campbell (Mississauga, Ont.) did a commendable job on the defensive end while also chipping in 12 points.

Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (Gatineau, Qué.) was the go-to option in the third quarter; he made a series of strong post moves just as Ryerson was starting to build some pressure. He had eight in the third and finished the game with 13 before fouling out at the four minute mark.

The Gee-Gees can now turn their attention to the midweek showdown with first-place Carleton at the Capital Hoops Classic this Wednesday night at Scotiabank Place. Click here for a video preview of the event and for ticket information please see the Buy Tickets page.