Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Maine 87, McGill 66

The game was much closer than the score indicated as the Redmen led by 1 with just under 6 minutes remaining in the game before 6'7" Waterloo native Murphy Burnatowski knocked down back-to-back 3's, the first with less than a second remaining on the shot clock, to propel the Black Bears to pull away and win by 21.  The Bears outscored McGill by 22 in the final 5 1/2 minutes with the Redmen missing several good looks during the game-deciding stretch. 

6'3" freshman Simon Bibeau had 20 points for McGill in 36 minutes of play in his first game at McGill.  6'1" Karim Sy-Morrissette, (Dawson College) another freshman, had 10 points and 6'7" Tristan Tremblay also had 10 as Coach Dave DeAveiro gave his younger players extensive looks.  McGill's talented forward 6'5" Michael White worked hard against a very tough and experienced Maine front line and was in foul trouble for much of the night.  Strong 6'3" guard Winn Clark played only 4 minutes before sustaining a hamstring injury while 6'4" Kyle Bernard was not available for tonight's game. 

All in all, an encouraging performance for the Redmen against a team that is favored to win their conference and make the NCAA tournament.  Maine again played without last season's leading scorer, 6'3" junior guard Gerald McLemore.  The Black Bears move across town in Montreal to meet UQAM tomorrow night at 7 PM before travelling to Ottawa to face Carleton Ravens Saturday at 1 PM.   

McGill Season Preview from Earl Zuckerman

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