Harrison lifts Hawks past Gee-Gees
Laurier: 77 Ottawa: 76
OTTAWA (December 2, 2011) - Kale Harrison of Stratford, Ont., capped off another outstanding performance with a last-second three-pointer as the No. 8 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees by a score of 77-76 Friday night.
With the Hawks trailing 76-74, Harrison nailed a three ball with eight seconds left as the Hawks came from behind to defeat the Gee-Gees. The shot capped off a 31 point, four rebound performance for Harrison as he eclipsed the 30 point barrier for the second time this season.
In what was a close game throughout, it was the Gee-Gees that jumped to the lead after the first quarter of play as they held a 26-21 lead. The Hawks would cut into that deficit in the second quarter but still trailed by three, 41-38, heading into the second half.
Laurier would continue to stay close with Ottawa and were down by just one heading into the fourth quarter. After a Warren Ward (London, Ont.) jump shot gave the Gee-Gees a 76-74 lead with 22 seconds left, Harrison took a pass from Kyle Enright of Oakville, Ont., and drained his second three pointer of the game to give the Hawks their first lead since the 4:03 mark of the first quarter when they led 10-9.
Ottawa would get one more chance to win the game but Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue's (Gatineau, Que.) shot was no good allowing the Hawks to win their seventh straight contest.
Other Hawks who chipped in offensively in the game were Patrick Donnelly of Oakville, Ont., and Maxwell Allin of Chatham, Ont., who finished with 12 and 10 points respectively. Matthew Buckley of Waterloo, Ont., continued his strong play at both ends of the floor finishing with nine points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Ward was the Gee-Gees top scorer finishing with 23 points in a losing effort.
Laurier's victory sets up a showdown tomorrow evening between the only two undefeated teams left in the OUA as the Hawks and the No. 1 Carleton Ravens will go head-to-head at the Ravens Nest on the campus of Carleton University. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and the game can be watched live on ssncanada.ca.