Mayali drops, Londolé pops as McGill cagers corral Citadins, stretch streak to seven
MONTREAL -- Jamal Mayali dropped a game-high 21 points and Levi Londole registered a "double-double" as visiting McGill cruised to their seventh consecutive victory with a 74-59 decision over their cross-town rival Citadins in men's basketball. Thursday, at the Centre Sportif UQAM.
The result snapped a three-game losing streak to UQAM, an upstart team that surprised McGill in the conference semifinals last spring. It also avenged McGill's only loss of the regular season, a 94-71 setback to the Citadins on Nov. 14 and improved McGill's head-to-head record to 44-28 in 72 lifetime confrontations.
McGill enhanced their first-place record to 8-1 atop the RSEQ standings, while third-place UQAM tumbled to 4-4 and now sits eight points behind.
The visitors, who never trailed, led 25-13 after the opening stanza, 37-24 at the half and 54-45 after three quarters.
Mayali, a 6-foot-4 guard from Toronto, played 37 of the 40 minutes. The political science junior shot 7-for-12 from the floor, making three of five treys. He was 4-for-6 from the free-throw line, added five rebounds, a pair of steals and one blocked shot.
Londolé, a 6-foot-8 forward from LaSalle, Que., racked up a game-high 38 minutes of court-duty. The physical education junior contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with one block, an assist and a steal. He shot 7-for-11 from the field and was 1-for-1 from the line.
JJ Hamel-Carey of Montreal North, was the only other McGill player to score in double digits with a nifty 15-point soirée on 5-for-7 shooting and a 4-for-6 effort from the line. Teammates Quarry Whyne of Montreal and Sam Jenkins of Hamilton chipped in with nine points apiece, while Cameron Elliot of Ottawa rounded out the scoring with five points.
The Citadins were led by Concordia-transfer Schneiders Suffrard and Hugo Adin with 10 points apiece.
McGill won the rebounding battle 34-28 and had a favourable edge 16-14 in turnovers. They shot 47.5 per cent from the field (28/59), made nine of 28 treys and were 9-for-13 from the stripe. UQAM shot 36.2 in the game (), was 7-for-27 from beyond the arc and 10-for-14 from the line.
The season series between these rivals is now even at 1-1, with a rematch slated for Saturday (Jan. 18) at 6 p.m. in Love Competition Hall, followed by a final rendezvous on Feb. 20 at the same venue to close the regular season.
Communications Officer, Athletics and Recreation
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