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Mcgill Redmen earn close victory over NCAA New Hampshire Wildcats

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The Mcgill Redmen defeated the New Hampshire Wildcats (NCAA D1 America East Conference) 77-74 to earned their first victory of the 2011-12 CIS Basketball season.

The victory snapped McGill’s 10-game losing streak to NCAA teams and marked their first win over a Div. 1 program in three years, dating back to an 88-83 decision over the Virginia Cavaliers on Aug. 31, 2008.

Behind strong play from Simon Bibeau and Tristan Renaud-Tremblay the Redmen opened the game on a 15-4 run and led 19-9 after the first quarter.

The Wildcats settled down in the second quarter and cut the Mcgill lead to three-points at 21-18 with 6:30 to play. Coach D’eVerio troops responded with six straight points to extend the lead to 29-18 and eventually taking a 34-31 advantage to the locker-room.

Mcgill continued to execute well inside and got nine points from Bibeau in the third-quarter and opened up a 59-50 margin as the whistle sounded.

The Redmen never trailed in the game and shot 44.6 per cent from the field, 28.6 from the three-point arc and 71.4 from the line, compared to UNH, which shot 42.6, 21.7 and 70.8, respectively.

Simon Bibeau and Tristan Renaud-Tremblay scored a game high 22 points to lead the Redmen. Winn Clark also reached double-figures with 11 points and five rebounds.

The visiting Wildcats got strong performances from Chandler Rhoads 15 points, Alvin Abreu 14 points and five rebounds and four assists and Brian Benson 12 points.

“We executed better offensively than we did in our earlier games and our defence was pretty good today in terms of things that we have been working on (in practice),'” added DeAveiro. “We’re still kind of figuring out what our team identity is. But I think you kind of saw our two leaders emerge offensively tonight, the guys that we want to score down the stretch. They also did a good job complementing the third guy (Clark) but we’re going to need a third and fourth guy to emerge.

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The Redmen’s preseason record stands at 1-4. Mcgill was routed against NCAA competition, dropping games against, The University of Central Florida 100-58, Illinois State 90-66 and Akron Zips 85-57 and Albany Great Danes 83-58.

The Wildcats roster features sophomore Kazadi Nyanguila (6-7, 230 Montreal, Quebec/Vanier CEGEP/College)

The Wildcats will play UQAM in Mntreal and will head to Quebec City for a date against the Laval Rouge et Or. New Hampshire will cap off their Canadian tour with a game against the Bishop Gaiters on Saturday.

The Redmen will return to action on September 3rd against the visiting Niagara Purple Eagles(Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

<b>Game notes</b>
Due to floor repairs in Love Competition Hall, the game was played in the old part of the Currie gym, which served as home court for the Redmen from 1939 to 1995. Prior to beating Virginia in 2008, the last time that the Redmen had knocked off a Div. 1 school was on Oct. 19, 1985, when they came away with an 86-80 decision over the Maine Black Bears.

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Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada

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Alabama Crimson Tide Avery Johnson Return To Canada

The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.

The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).

The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.

Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.

Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the  2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.

Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.

Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.

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Calgary Dinos Thomas Cooper Senior Highlights

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Calgary Dinos Thomas Cooper Senior Highlights

Calgary Dinos senior guard Thomas Cooper had himself and impressive CIS/Usports career to say the least. The Chattanooga, Tenn. native, a 6-5, 200 lbs guard earned himself two first team All-Canadian awards while leading Dinos back to the championship game for the first time since 1966.

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No. 1 Carleton Ravens 81-40 lock-up rivals No. 2 Ottawa Gee-Gees

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Ottawa, ON – The twelve-time defending CIS/USports National Basketball Champions and No.1 Carleton Ravens went into Monpetit Hall and completely dominated the No. 2 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees, locking up their Bytown rivals with a blistering 81-40 win.

The Ravens, the top defensive unit in the country, allowing an incredible low of only 60 points to opponents, dominated every aspect of the much anticipated game holding Ottawa to four points in the first-quarter and thirteen in the second for a grand total of seventeen first-half points and 35-17 half-time lead.

The first-quarter ended with Ravens leading 11-4 as both teams slugged it out in front of a jam packed standing room only Monpetit Hall which hasn’t seen the Gee-Gees get dismantled like this on their home floor in 32-game OUA conference games – snapping home winning streak which dated back to 2012.

Fifth-year senior Guard Connor Wood caught fire in the second-quarter after a cold start scoring all but 14 of the teams 24 points in the quarter and finished with 16 in the half and game-high 19 points. Starting point guard Kaza Kajami-Keane added 10 points, six rebounds in just 19 minutes.

The Gee-Gees were limited to 6-of-32 (18.8%) shooting, 3-of-17 from the outside in the opening 20 minutes and managed to only connect on 12-56 (21.4%) of their field goal attempts for the entire game and only 6-of-26 from the outside.

Carleton shot 50% in the second-half and finished 31-68 from the floor and 13-of-28 from downtown while turning the ball over 9 times compared to the Gee-Gees 18.

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The 40 points allowed by the Ravens is their lowest against the Gee-Gees since a 74-34 smack-down in January 18th, 2012 at the Sixth Annual Capital Hoops Classic.

Carleton Ravens 6’10” freshman Eddie Ekiyor (Ottawa, ON) and senior forward Ryan Ejim (Toronto, ON) finished one point shy of double-doubles with 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively, and shutdown the Gee-Gees dynamic duo of Caleb Agada (12 points, 4 rebounds) and former Ravens Jean Emmanuel Pierre (7 points, 6 rebounds). Gee-Gees Guard Brandon Robinson had a team-high 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting, 3-of-4 triples.

Carleton’s record  stays unblemished at a perfect 10-0, 16-0 against Canadian competition and 22-2 overall with the only losses coming from two NCAA opponents on the road in Rhode Island – Providence Friars 87-69 and in Philadelphia against LaSalle Explorers 79-73.

Both teams will meet again in just over two weeks (Feb 3rd) at the 2017 Capital Hoops Classic at the ScotiaBank Centre.

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