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

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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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Syracuse Oshae Brissett delivers massive Rack Attack on Miami Hurricanes

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Syracuse Oshae Brissett Delivers Massive Rack Attack On Miami Hurricanes
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Canadian Freshman and Syracuse Stud Oshae Brissett added to his growing and impressive highlight package with a massive rack attack and facial dunk on the face of Miami Hurricanes defender. The Mississauga, Ontario native is averaging a 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and is amongst college basketball finest talents. Brissett has started all the Orangemens’ 27 games to date and has racked up 11 double-doubles in the process. A skilled 6’8″ forward who has stardom written all-over him.

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Kia Nurse & Legendary UConn Huskies Canadian Homecoming

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Kia Nurse Legendary Uconn Huskies Canadian Homecoming

Here is a first in Canadian Basketball? A rare NCAA Division I regular season women’s game as the UConn Huskies played the Dusquene Danes in Toronto. The rare event marked a Canadian home coming for star played Kia Nurse (Hamilton/ON).

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New wave of Canadian Freshmen making NCAA splash

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New Wave Canadian Basketball Freshmen Making NCAA Splash

There’s a new wave of rising Canadians basketball players making an early NCAA splash. Below we take a look at freshmen players that are making their mark on the college basketball landscape. Like previous years, look for most of the names on this list to become household names come March Madness and a select few to continue Canada’s NBA takeover.

Oshea Brissett New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Oshea Brissett (Mississauga, ON) – Syracuse Orange

Oshea Brissett – Syracuse Orange

Brissett has been arguably the best freshman in college basketball. The 6’8″, 210 lbs forward from Mississauga, Ontario is beasting the opposition, averaging 13.6 points per game, including a team-high 9.2 rebounds (55th in all of the nation.) A true special talent, he has already racked-up four double-doubles in his first eight games, missing two more by just a single rebound. Look for Brissett to continue his torrid start to season as he helps the Syracuse Orange make a run at a conference title in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Although early in the season, Brissett is looking more and more like a true one and done prospect. Expect a green room invitation come June 2018 at NBA Draft.

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Lindell Wigginton (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) Iowa State Cyclones

Lindell Wigginton – Iowa State Cyclones

Looking for stability at the guard position? Well, look no further than Lindell Wigginton. A true versatile bucket getter, with major hops (38″ vertical), he currently leads all Canadian freshmen in scoring at 16.3 points per game while contributing in other aspects with 4 rebounds and 2.6 assists. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia product is shooting a healthy 46.3 % from the field,  48.9% from three-pointers and has reached double-figures scoring in 7-of-9 games, including a season best 28-points, 7 rebound performance against Northern Illinois. Although, the tougher part of the Big 12 conference schedule remains, it is clear that in less than ten games Wigginton has solidified himself as a go to option in the fast paced Cyclones offensive system. Expect the 6’2″, 188 lbs guard to flourish all-season long as he looks to fulfill is long time dream of playing in the NBA.

Nickeil Alexander Walker Virginia Tech Hookies New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Nickeil Alexander Walker (Toronto, ON) Virginia Tech Hokies

Nickeil Alexander-Walker – Virginia Tech Hokies

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Talk about talent. Standing 6’5″ tall, weighing-in at 210-pounds, is Toronto, Ontario freshman Nickeil Alexander-Walker. A diamond in the rough find for head coach Buzz Williams and Virgina Tech. The Hokies, traditionally not a prime destination for top Canadian prospects is seeing just how special Alexander-Walker can be early-on. The 19-year-old kicked-off his NCAA career with scoring outbursts against Detroit Mercy (24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and Citadel (29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and is an integral reason for the Hokies early season success. A knock-down shooter (.529%, FG% .477% 3-pointers) with a 7-footer wing-span Alexander Walker is averaging 14.4 per game, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. A triple-threat he is comfortable handling the rock as well as, dishing off no looks, as he is scoring.

Shai Gilgeous Alexander Kentucky Wildcats New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Shai Gilgeous Alexander Hamilton/ON) – Kentucky Wildcats

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Kentucky Wildcats

It’s hard to talk about Shai-Gilgenous-Alexander (6’6″, 180 lbs, Hamilton/ON) without mentioning the aforementioned Nickeil Alexander-Walker. After-all, both are cousins, their names resemble each other, their games even more. What-else, they played, dominated and caused headaches for coaches as a dynamic high school back-court duo for Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, winning a State title along the way. Now they find themselves on the biggest stage of college basketball doing similar things for highly respected basketball teams. Despite coming off the bench Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 28.2 minutes per game, good for second on a team that also features a bevy of NBA prospects, including Hamidou Diallo, P.J Washington. A efficient natural stat-stuffer he’s averaging 10.1 points, a team-high 4.4 assists per game along side 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Marcus Carr Pittsburg Panthers New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Point Guard Marcus Carr (Toronto/ON) – Pittsburgh Panthers

Marcus Carr – Pittsburgh Panthers

A true floor general, Marcus Carr (6’1″, 185 lbs, Toronto/ON) has taken charge and ignited the Pittsburgh Panthers rebuilding offense. Carr’s strong play has propel the Panthers to a early four-game winning streak. The pass-first guard scored a career-best 23 points in a overtime win over St. Mary’s and has scored in double-digits in the five of the past six Panthers contests. Currently averaging 12 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds, including shooting a 48% from the field, 48.1% from downtown and Steve Nash like 921% from the charity stripe. Despite his size Carr is strong enough to finish through contact and loves to gets under your chin with defensive pressure.

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