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Seniors come up big in Windsor

Saturday January 24, 2015
men's basketball in action.
Richard Whittaker

The Gee-Gees tipped off in Windsor on Saturday night for a top ten match-up versus the no.5 ranked University of Windsor Lancers in what was expected to be a down to the wire affair. The story of the night was the play of uOttawa seniors Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue and Johnny Berhanemeskel who led the way with a combined 40 points, leading to an 81-70 win –the 13th consecutive regular season victory for the Gee-Gees.  

"I had a good matchup. They switched up on me a few times which gave me the opportunity to exploit that. I also wanted to stay out of foul trouble and i was able to do that tonight,” said Gonthier-Dubue. "Hosting final four is something that we want to do. We now have a two game lead over Carleton and so this win was really important.”

The Lancers were coming into the game riding on a tremendous amount of confidence after upsetting the no. 2 Carleton Ravens 74-71 on Friday night. Things went back and forth in the first half with Ottawa gaining an edge thanks to a big first half from long range, taking a 50-40 lead into the half time break. 

The Lancers tightened up their defence in the second half as their perimeter defence pushed uOttawa away from their three point game.  Rotimi Osuntola was big on both ends for Windsor causing havoc for uOttawa but struggled from the free-throw line shooting 4-9 in the game. 

Windsor never quite went away in the game, staying within striking distance of the Gee-Gees up until the final play. They failed to string enough baskets together to get ahead of Ottawa however as uOttawa put an end to the Lancers hope of a second straight upset. Matt Plunkett delivered the dagger with a big three late in the fourth frame. 

Johnny Berhanemeskel led all scorers with 22 points while Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue Finished with 18 points, five assists and five rebounds on the night. Caleb Agada contributed with his fifth double-double of the season, notching 14 points and 10 rebounds. Mitch Ferrell and Rotimi Osuntola paced the Lancers with 21 and 19 respectively.