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Syracuse Orange pound Ottawa Gee-Gees inside complete 2013 Canadian tour a perfect 4-0



Syracuse Orange Pound Gee Gees Inside Complete 2013 Canadian Tour A Perfect 4 0

Ottawa, Ont. – (BasketballBuzz) – The Syracuse Orange completed a perfect 4-0 sweep of their 2013 Canadian university opponents by making quick work of the Ottawa Gee-Gees on their way to a 73-50 victory at Montpetit Hall.

The Gee-Gees hung tough in the first half, and kept pace with newest members of the ACC thanks to timely three-point shooting and trailed 34-28 at half-time as Ottawa sharp-shooter Johnny Berhanemeskel scored 13 of his team-high 15 points, despite two missed easy dunk attempts in the opening 20 minutes he led all scores at the break.

Four missed free-throws by Berhanemeskel in the opening minutes of the second half further squandered the opportunity to cut into the Orange advantage and just as quickly as the Gee-Gees were launching what should rank as a school record 44 three-point attempts, the lead ballooned to 26 points as Syracuse easily capitalized on 22-2 run while holding Ottawa scoreless for over an eight minute stretch.

DaJuan Coleman hurt the smaller Ottawa Gee-Gees with a game-high 26 points and 7 rebounds to pace the Orange while Rakeem Christmas collected a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. B.J Johnson added 9 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Jerami Grant also made an impact with 8 points and six rebounds.

Berhanemeskel was the lone Gee-Gees player in double-figures with 15 points and six rebounds. Vikas Gill sparked the Gees early with back to back treys and added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort. Ottawa went 9-for-44 (20.5%) from the 3-point line and shot just 22% for the game, going 17-for-76.

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“I thought we definitely did fight and didn’t just get pushed around throughout the game, we got a bunch of offensive rebounds and got enough shots up (20 more), they were tough, but we ran some of the stuff that we liked and missed some shots, but that’s our identity.” said Berhanemeskel

Syracuse pounded the ball inside, managed a healthy shooting percentage at 53.6% from the floor and only attempted 7 shots from outside the arc. Jim Boeheim and the Orange edged out the Gee-Gees on the boards 49-39 despite 25 offensive rebounds by Ottawa.

“This has been a great trip and a really good experience for our players, the freshmen were able to get in there and see what they have do and learn that the things that they did in high school you cant do at this level.” a delighted Boeheim commented after the game.

When asked to describe the difference between the two games in Montreal and the ones in the Nations capital, the Hall-of-fame coach had this to say:

“These teams are just better, more experienced, better players and had we had to work hard up here in Ottawa, really had to work against Carleton and tonight we had to work hard. We had good stretch in the second tonight to get separation”

“Overall, these two games have been really good for us.”

<b>Game Notes </b>
Syracuse played without C.J Fair and the Ottawa Gee-Gees were also without starting PG Mike L’African who scored 24 points against the Wisconsin Badgers.

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Montreal’s Bennedict Mathurin commits to Arizona Wildcats



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Montreal's Bennedict Mathurin selects the Arizona Wildcas

The Arizona Wildcats got a big time commitment from Bennedict Mathurin — Canada’s top guard in the class of 2020.

The 17-year old Mathurin opted to reclassify from the 2021 class — fast tracking his potential NBA eligibility in the process. Standing at 6’6″, 195 pounds, the Montreal native has all the attributes to make an immediate impact at the NCAA division I basketball level — with a NBA ceiling written all-over his resume.

Perhaps not a household commodity, due to his lack of participation in any Canadian FIBA youth sanctioned events — Mathurin was named MVP of the 2019 Canadian National Basketball U17 Championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The Canadian guard/forward led a loaded Quebec team to a perfect 5-0 record — claiming the province’s first U17 title since 2010. Mathurin dominated the entire tournament, including a electric, eye-popping 33 point, 7 assist, 6 rebound performance in the opening game against Team Ontario.

In the championship game against same Ontario squad, Mathurin was equally impressive — scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the 84-77 victory.

Mathurin is currently showcasing and strutting his growing all-around game in Mexico City as part of NBA Academy Latin America — an elite basketball training center for top male and female prospects across the Caribbean Central and South America.

The Canadian prospect kicked off 2020 and new decade in style with a 30-point, 6 rebounds outburst in a 93-74 win over FC Barcelona U18 team at the Hospitalet tournament.

A lockdown defender with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander like wingspan, Mathurin has the ability to get from the three-point line to the rim with just one dribble. At 6”6′ he’s also able to see over much smaller defenders and is a willing and effective passer that looks to attack at rim can finish with through contact.

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Part of the continuous and overflowing rising crop of future NBA talent from Canada’s second largest city — Mathurin may just be the top guard to come out of Montreal since current Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort pledged allegiance to the desert State of Arizona.

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Montreal’s Ben Mathurin – NBA Academy takes one Champlain St. Lambert

Holding multiple offers from the likes of NCAA basketball programs as Virginia, Alabama, Washington State and Nebraska — Mathurin narrowed his decision to the Arizona Wildcats and Oregon Ducks.

“Those two schools were my finalists because the other schools recruited me a little later, and I said to myself, that if I was going to visit other schools it was going to take a lot more time to get to know the coaching staff and also lots of time to get to know for example who (players) was coming back and leaving.” discussed a well spoken Mauthrin in a live french announcement during half-time of the Toronto Raptors’ and OKC Thunder game.

On what tipped the balance between the two finalist schools, Mauthrin added that the “history of Arizona, the style of play and the fact that every player has a role, and that is my style of play.”

For head coach Sean Miller the commitment of Mauthrin is a significant scoop for a player that was just starting to gain national notoriety and will likely mature into another future Canadian NBA player.

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Abu Kigab career night powers Boise State Broncos



abu kigab career night powers boise state broncos

Canadian Abu Kigab (St. Catherines, Ont.) dropped a career best 33 points, 11 rebounds to power the Boise State Broncos 103-72 past the CSU Northridge Matadors.

The 6’7″, 211-pound junior forward was efficient as a heat pump, knocking down a hot 11-of-16 field-goals, 3-of-4 triples and 8-of-9 free-throws in just 26 minutes — including a two-hand alley-oop — to bring the home crowd to it’s feet while recording his 30th point.

Kigab’s output is one the best performances by a Canadian playing NCAA DI basketball and as per the Broncos’ public relations team “It’s just the 17th 30 & 10 game all-time by a Bronco and seventh in the last 25 years.” Chicago Bulls’ rookie Chandler Hutchison was the last Boise State player to reach the milestone — erupting for 39 points and 14 rebounds at the 2018 NIT.

“We were all making the right play and some nights that’s just how it is,” Kigab said. “I just go out there and try to win the game. I’ll do whatever it takes. Sometimes I might have to score more, sometimes I need to rebound more, sometimes I need to pass more. Whatever my team needs, that’s what I’ll do.”

Highly recruited coming out high school, Kigab was part of the historic Canadian national team that captured the country’s first-ever basketball gold medal at the 2017 U19 World Cup. The hybrid forward averaged a double-double with 14.7 points and 10.6 rebounds — earning a nod in the all-world all-star team alongside MVP RJ Barrett.

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Abu Kigab commits to Oregon Ducks

The St. Catherine’s product committed to the Oregon Ducks — playing a season and half before opting to transfer to Boise State. Kigab showed promise in his first three games under Dana Altman hitting double-figures scoring in all three non-conference games before completely falling out of the rotation. In 45 games with the Ducks, Kigab scored just a total of 82 points while playing only 418 minutes.

Since becoming eligible and joining the Broncos starting lineup on December 22, Kigab has helped the team to a 3-1 record — including two straight double-doubles and has scored a total of 64 points.

Based on early results it’s fair to say that the change in scenery and shift from the Pac 12 brand of basketball to the Mountain West Conference (MWC) has benefited Kigab’s game.

The Broncos compete in the tough Mountain West Conference with the likes of San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico and Nevada. The Conference has a history with Canadians and holds the title of producing former Running Rebel and No. 1 NBA pick Anthony Bennett. The MWC currently features eight Canadians across multiple teams — including Elijah Mitrou-Long (UNLV), Nolan Narain, Sabry Philip and others.

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