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Indiana invites men’s basketball for rematch

Tuesday October 6, 2015
Gee-Gees in action.
Richard A. Whittaker

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team started the 2014-15 season by recording a 109-101 win over the Indiana Hoosiers of the NCAA. On November 3, the teams will meet again. The garnet and grey will travel to Bloomington, Indiana and Assembly Hall for the Hoosiers’ non-conference home opener.

The game will be played three days before Ottawa opens its regular season campaign at home on November 6, and directly following the team’s Jack Donohue home tournament October 30-November 1. Still, fitting the game into the team’s busy schedule was important for head coach James Derouin.

“We are excited to be invited there and we are looking forward to the challenge,” said Derouin, whose team is now 3-0 in CIS non-conference play after three wins at the University of British Columbia Invitational. “But that is a pretty special basketball gym and the experience will be something unique. You don’t turn down a chance to play a game like this.

The Gee-Gees will be the first Canadian team to play an official game against the Hoosiers in Assembly Hall, which opened in 1971 and is considered one of the best home courts in basketball. Seating capacity is 17,472 at its maximum.

When Ottawa recorded the surprise win in August of 2014, it touched off a three game winning streak over NCAA teams. Senior point guard Mike L’Africain scored 27 points in the contest, including six of Ottawa’s 18 three-pointers. Caleb Agada recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. 

The game will be broadcast on BTN PLUS.

Tickets will be available.