JAN. 31 at WINDSOR
Despite the long road trip to Windsor, the Gee-Gees came out looking fresh and ready to attack in a lopsided 95-66 win over the Lancers on Friday night.
Leading 46-31 at the half, the Gee-Gees put their starters back out to begin the second half, within a few minutes, the game was out of hand and Ottawa could exercise his bench to close out the win.
Calvin Epistola was clinical in his 21 minutes of play, picking his spots and lifting his team to an early lead en route to 21 points and four assists. As Epistola and the starters got rest later in the game, the Gee-Gees reserves shined, scoring 38 points in the win. In all, 11 players found the score sheet with at least three points.
The Gee-Gees hit 13 three-pointers, to the Lancers' two and outrebounded their opponents 49-30. Ottawa made the most of Windsor's 16 turnovers, turning them into 26 points.
Guillaume Pépin logged his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Gage Sabean had 14 points to round out players in double-figures. Quinton Hamilton finished with nine points and two assists, Olivier Cadieux with nine points and five rebounds, and Dragan Stajic with eight points, six rebounds, and 5 assists.
FEB. 1 at WESTERN
A career milestone was afoot for the Gee-Gees as they travelled to London to meet with the Western Mustangs, in what ended in a 88-70 win for the Gee-Gees on Saturday night.
Sitting with 999 career regular season points heading into the night, Calvin Epistola was on the brink of crossing the 1,000-point threshold with only four games remaining in the season.
Just over five minutes in, Epistola hit a three-pointer to meet the milestone and continue to build his legacy at the University of Ottawa.
In the game, the Gee-Gees had their work cut out for them after trailing 22-21 in the first frame. Kicking into gear, Ottawa built an 18-point lead mid-way through the third quarter.
Western would not quit however, as the Mustangs brought the Gee-Gees' lead back within single-digits early in the fourth quarter. A string of consecutive baskets for the Gee-Gees pushed them back in front for good, reestablishing their 18-point lead to close the game.
Kevin Civil led the way with 19 points on the night. Epistola had 18 points, six steals, and four rebounds in his milestone hitting night. Gage Sabean had 13 points and four rebounds, while Guillaume Pépin had 12 points and eight rebounds. Marlon finished with an outstanding 12 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double.
The Gee-Gees will prepare to take on the top-ranked Carleton Ravens at the annual Capital Hoops Classic on Feb. 7 at the Arena at TD Place.
Student tickets are on sale now in Room 102 at Montpetit Hall. General public tickets can be purchased online at TD Place's website.