Saturday, 13 November 2010

Laurier 91, Ottawa 71

6'5" Kale Harrison had 25 of his game-high 30 points in the first-half as part of a second consecutive dominant offensive performance - recall Harrison had a career-high 39 in Friday night's loss to #1 Carleton -, leading the Golden Hawks to a 20 point halftime lead and Laurier cruised to the easy victory this afternoon in Waterloo.  The Hawks slowed the Gee-Gees down with some half-court zone pressure and pushed the ball hard in transition at every opportunity taking advantage of Ottawa's transition "d" and Harrison scored in several different ways, knocking down 3's, getting to the rim and to the free throw line.

Laurier got out to a double digit lead early and led 38-19 in the second quarter when Ottawa's slick 6'2" freshman shooting guard Johnny Berhane (team-high 23 points on 5-9 3's) had 5 consecutive points, part of a 7-0 Gee-Gees run that brought the game back to within 12 but the Hawks quickly reeled off the next 6 points and went to halftime up 56-36 after a buzzer-beating lay-in by 6'1" freshman Nathan Thompson, who got to the rim uncontested as Ottawa's interior "d" was exposed.

Ottawa got the game back to within 14 at 78-64 on another Berhane 3 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the game however a 5-0 run culminated in a long 3 from the right baseline by 6'6" Maxwell Allin, who also had a solid game with 10 points and 9 rebounds, got the margin back up to 19 and it was never a game after that.

Harrison added 6 rebounds and 5 assists in another all-conference-type effort while 6'6" freshman Patrick Donnelly added 21 points and 6 rebounds for Laurier.  The Hawks went 88% from the free throw (22 for 25).  Ottawa's 6'2" guard Jacob Gibson-Bascombe added 11 points for Ottawa (1-3), which turned it over 20 times on the afternoon and once again played without standout 6'6" wing Warren Ward, out with a hamstring injury sustained in the shootaround on Friday morning.

Laurier moves to 3-1 on the season and will travel to Laurentian and York next weekend while the Gee-Gees come back to Southern Ontario next weekend to face a pair of Top 10 teams in Windsor and Western.

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