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Third quarter surge leads to victory at Laurentian

Friday November 25, 2016
Brian Doherty

The no. 4 nationally ranked Gee-Gees men’s basketball team needed a big third quarter to pull away from the Laurentian Voyageurs on Friday night in Sudbury, Ont. Ottawa scored 31 points in the third to pull away for good after a close first half, and finished with a 74-59 victory.

The Gee-Gees were led again on the score sheet by Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, who netted his second straight double-double in a 16-point, 12-rebound performance which also included solid rim protection. Brody Maracle added 13 points inside on a night which saw Ottawa’s outside shooters go 3-for-18 from beyond the arc.

The game’s opening quarter was an entertaining affair which ended deadlocked at 12-12. Laurentian jumped out to a 19-12 lead at start of second quarter before an Adam Presutti three-ball cut the deficit to 19-17. At halftime, Ottawa held a 28-25 advantage.

Ottawa was impressive all over the lineup in the third quarter. A massive block by Pierre-Charles led to a pair of Brandon Robinson free throws which made it 43-34. Maracle picked up a pair of inside buckets, and the Gee-Gees used strong cuts and smart transition play to build a twenty point lead late in third. Gage Sabean capped off the quarter with a quick release three.

Laurentian came out with a loud start to the fourth and cut the lead down to 13 with just over four minutes to play before Ottawa put its foot down to close out the win.