The Laurentian Voyageurs not only managed to upset the # 4 seeded team in the country Friday night at the Ben Avery Gymnasium, but they also pulled even with the Ottawa Gee Gees for second place in their division, both teams sitting at 9-3 following an 78-65 L.U. triumph over the visitors from the nation's capital.
Kadre Gray enjoyed yet another memorable performance, netting no less than 35 points (or 44.9% of the Laurentian offense), including 5/11 from beyond the arc, and 10/11 from the free throw line.
Only Cedric Nga Mbiaba (10 pts) joined Gray in hitting double digits for the winners, with both Sam Ivey and Joseph Hlady not far off that mark at eight points each.
Marlon Kordrostami topped the Gee Gees' scoring parade with 17 points, followed by Calvin Epistola (10) and Thomas Chilton (9).
The Voyageurs benefitted from a great start in this contest, leading 20-14 after the first quarter and 40-26 at the half. Key to that advantage was the fact that the homeside drained twice as many threes as the visitors (8 vs 4), as well as benefitting from an eye-popping advantage from the charity stripe (94.1% vs 56.3%).
Coach Shawn Swords also showcased the depth that has been his source of pride this year, with no less than ten different players receiving nine minutes or more of playing time (led by Gray and Ivey, both at 34 MP).
The Laurentian lads will have little time to celebrate, back on the court this evening against the top-ranked team in the country in the form of the 12-0 Carleton Ravens. The Voyageurs dropped an 87-56 decision to the U Sport powerhouse back in December, on the road.
The Voyageurs leave Sudbury again the next two weeks, scheduled for a solo matchup with the Nipissing Lakers on January 17th in North Bay, followed by a tough weekend with stops in Thunder Bay (Jan 24th at Lakehead Thunderwolves) and Toronto (Jan 25th vs York Lions).