HARVEY’S DOUBLE-DOUBLE PACES GAITERS BUT STINGERS HOLD ON TO REMAIN HOTTEST TEAM IN CONFERENCE
Fantastic freshman Nick Harvey scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Bishop’s Gaiters on Saturday night in the back end of a home-and-home series with the Concordia Stingers. Despite the effort, Concordia was able to hold on for a tight 63-60 victory in the final minutes of the contest. The win was the second in three days for the Stingers who beat Bishop’s 72-53 on Thursday night in Montreal in RSEQ University men’s basketball.
Harvey, the Saint-Bruno, Que. native, was a key cog for Bishop’s who battled throughout the game on Saturday night. He and fellow rookie Abdul Kamane of Montreal helped pace the Gaiters in front of a boisterous Mitchell Gymnasium crowd. Kamane scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds while adding a steal and shooting 6-8 from the free throw line. Veteran Jona Bermillo, also from Montreal equaled Kamane’s 11 points but did so while shooting just 5-18 from the field. Bermillo, who went scoreless in Thursday’s contest added seven rebounds and five assists in Saturday’s thriller.
Bishop’s out-rebounded the Stingers 43-37 and took 12 more field goal attempts than their visitors in the back end of the home-and-home series. The noticeable differences came from behind the arc where Concordia was 7-22 while Bishop’s only mustered a 2-15 performance. The Stingers were also 17-28 from the charity stripe while the Gaiters connected on 11 of 17 attempts.
Ken Beaulieu of Longueuil, Que. led all scorers with 15 points for Concordia while former Gaiter Jaleel Webb of Pierrefond, Que. netted 14. The two players had 12 and 16 respectively on Thursday night. Michael Fosu, the Montreal native, was held in check on Saturday after scoring 22 points in game one.
Kamane was the only Gaiter in double figures on Thursday night with 13 and he also grabbed nine rebounds in the loss.
The sweep of the home-and-home series makes six straight wins for the Stingers who sit tied atop the RSEQ standings with a record of 8-4.
Next up for the Gaiters who fell to 2-10 are the UQAM Citadins (6-6) on Friday, Feb. 12. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. in Mitchell Gym and will be part of the annual Shoot for the Cure event hosted by the women’s basketball team. The Gaiters will combine their efforts and raise money for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.
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