The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team slogged through a tough home game with the Nipissing Lakers and earned a 72-56 victory on Saturday night to run its regular season record to 9-0. The Ottawa defence remains tops in U Sports, allowing just 60.2 points per game.
Ottawa, ranked no. 2 in the national Top Ten poll, will now turn its attention to its Tuesday head-to-head with no. 1 ranked Carleton, also 9-0. The game is set for 8 p.m. at Montpetit Hall and tickets are on sale online.
Caleb Agada led the Ottawa offence on the night, netting 18 points while post men Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles and Brody Maracle added 12 apiece. Ottawa native Justin Shaver led all scorers with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers.
"Defensively I think we did some really good things but offensively we were out of sync: everything seemed like a struggle," said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. "It was sloppy, slow, and sluggish. I trust my guys so we kept putting them out there and they turned it around at the end."
The Gee-Gees held a 21-12 lead after the first quarter and stretched it to 36-22 at half time.
Ismael Kaba’s three-pointers gave Nipissing a late boost and helped close the gap to 63-54 midway through the fourth quarter. In response it was Agada and Pierre-Charles converting on the offensive end while Nipissing had to settle for a pair of bad looks. Agada grabbed a steal in traffic, Pierre-Charles stood tall inside, and the Lakers were scoreless on five straight trips.
“We cleaned up the glass finally,” noted Derouin. “Nipissing was scrappy, athletic and long. They gave us trouble tonight. Hopefully it’s a good tape to watch and we can move forward for Tuesday.”