The Ottawa Gee-Gees lost a 97-85 contest to visiting University of Albany Great Danes at Montpetit Hall.
The Great Danes outscored the hosts Gee-Gees 24-18 after the first period and took a 44-34 lead into the break.
The Gee-Gees outscored Albany 28-24 in the third quarter to cut the lead to single digits at 68-62 heading into the final quarter.
Comeback aspirations fell short as Albany outscored the Ottawa 29-23 in the final ten minutes to earn the victory.
Sophomore Johnny Berhanemeskel led the Gee-Gees charge with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Freshmen Serge Grenon was next in line with 18 points.
Emerging sophomore guard Chris Anderson was strong both on defence and on the glass, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
Mike L’African had his first solid outing of his university career and added 11 points and a game-high five assists.
Freshman guard Peter Hooley poured in game-high 29 points to lead the Great Danes. Gerardo Suero, a 6-foot-4 junior, added 25 points and eight rebounds, while All-America East Conference guard Logan Aronhalt totalled 21 points.
The Gee-Gees preseason record falls to 0-2 against NCAA D1 opponents. Ottawa will face the St-Louis Billikens and legendary NCAA coach Rick Majerus.
The University of Albany will travel to the Ravens Nest to face the 2011 CIS Men’s Basketball defending champions Carleton Ravens.
The Gee-Gees played with out All-Star combo guard Warren Ward and recent Arkansas Pine Bluff transfer Shamus Ferguson.