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Albany Great Danes win close contest against Ottawa Gee-Gees

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Albany Great Danes win close contest against Ottawa Gee-Gees

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.

Game Notes
The Gee-Gees played with out All-Star combo guard Warren Ward and recent Arkansas Pine Bluff transfer Shamus Ferguson.

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Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles

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It’s the end of an era at Carleton.

The school has announced that Dave Smart, who built a dynasty that dominated Canadian university sport for nearly 20 years, has stepped down.

Smart has accepted a new role as the university’s director of basketball operations, Carleton said in a news release.

He will be responsible for “developing the men’s and women’s basketball programs and continuing to build a culture of sport excellence,” the release said.

“Smart will provide operational support, mentorship and technical leadership to the coaching staff of both programs, and he will work with the Department of University Advancement in fundraising and community development.

“He’ll also provide mentorship to other U Sports coaches in Carleton Athletics.”

Taffe Charles, who coached Carleton’s women’s program for 12 years and won a national title in 2017-18 will succeed Smart as men’s team head coach.

“It’s been a great run,’’ said Smart in a statement.

“Coaching is my second love, my first being my wife and children. I am very thankful to the university and I am looking forward to my new role.

“This gives me an opportunity to stay involved in basketball while having more time to spend with my family.”

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Smart’s 19-year tenure at Carleton was one of remarkable dominance, with 14 national championships.

He also won a record number of coaching awards and has been active as a coach with Canada Basketball.

“Dave’s success on the court has given Carleton great national visibility and we are sincerely grateful,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president of Carleton University.

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“I wish Dave all the best in his new role where he will share his ‘playbook’ with all our Ravens programs.”

Charles played on Carleton’s men’s team from 1990 to 1995 and began his coaching career as an assistant in 1995; he then served as an assistant with the men’s program from 1998 to 2007.

Since returning to the women’s program in 2007, Carleton won four U Sports Final 8 berths, four OUA East titles, and two OUA championships.

Carleton’s women’s national championship in 2018 was the first in school history.

“I am truly honoured to be entrusted as the next head coach of the Carleton University men’s basketball program,’’ said Charles in a statement.

“I look forward to the challenge of continuing the high standard of excellence that has been set by Coach Smart, his coaching staff and the players.’’

Carleton said it has launched a national search for a head coach of its women’s program.

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Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP

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Laurentian guard Kadre Gray took his game to another level this season.

That’s saying something.

A year ago, Gray was the top Canadian university male athlete in any sport, the first Laurentian student to win the honour.

He led the country in assists, narrowly missed a scoring title, and — perhaps by default — also won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as men’s basketball player of the year.

“Kadre’s work ethic continues to shine bright,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords in a statement.

“He is always looking for ways to improve and refine all aspects of the game.”

If there was any doubt, Gray stifled it in his junior season.

He averaged 31 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game en route to his second consecutive Moser trophy.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment to do it once,” said Swords.

“And now, to be named MVP twice, is truly a testament to his willingness to learn and improve.

“The Kadre effect has spread throughout our community as well. It is great to see him support our local youth and realize the positive impact he has on everyone.”

Gray received the 2019 Moser trophy Thursday at a gala in Halifax, N.S., ahead of the U Sports Men’s Final 8 tournament.

University of Calgary guard Mambi Diawara, Concordia guard Ricardo Monge and St. Mary’s University guard Kemar Alleyne were also finalists for the award.

Gray was simply a cut above. He posted gaudy stats with notable efficiency, shooting 48.8 per cent from the floor.

He was also a First Team All-Canadian and played with Canada’s national team in FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil.

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Gray was the only U Sports player to participate in the qualifiers.

Other award winners:

Rookie of the Year (Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy): Alix Lochard, UQAM.

Ken Shields Award for Student-Athlete Community Service: Tanner Graham, Queen’s.

Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Anderson, Carleton.

Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dan Vanhooren, Calgary.

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