Sunday, 16 January 2011

Laval 85, McGill 84; X hammers MUN again

The Redmen had 3 chances to take the lead in the final 16 seconds but could not convert on a lay-up, a putback and then on a subsequent in-bounds with 6 seconds left, could not get a good look against Laval's zone as Rouge et Or hung on at home.  Leading by 12 midway through the fourth after taking a one-point halftime lead, Laval watched as the scrappy Redmen forge a comeback to actually take a 1 point lead late.  But Laval survived, aided in part by a 24-15 foul count against McGill.  Laval shot 14 more free throws than McGill in the game. 

The Redmen stayed in the game by grabbing 18 offensive rebounds and got a tremendous effort from improving 6'8" center Greg Gause who had 19 points and 8 rebounds plus 3 blocks before fouling out.  6'0" guard Olivier Bouchard added 19 for McGill.  Once again, 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu-Mahieux was the difference offensively for Laval with his second consecutive strong offensive effort, finishing with 25 points while 6'4" Jerome Turcotte added 18 and 6'6" Etienne Labrecque 17.  Rouge et Or shot 51% for the game, shortening their bench and getting a strong effort from first-year wing Alex Prophete who had 10 points in 23 minutes.

The teams meet again in about two weeks back in Quebec City.  Box Score

St. FX 109, Memorial 73  The X-Men broke away from a 50-50 halftime tie with an explosive 59 point second half, creating 30 MUN turnovers while shooting 63% themselves from the floor in sweeping the weekend series.  6'5" frosh Terry Thomas had 25 while 5'10" T-Bear Upshaw added 23 for the winners.  X shot only 3-15 from downtown but had numerous easy scores off turnovers.  Robbie Habib led all scorers with 30 points including 5-7 3's.

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