MONTREAL — Team captain Vincent Dufort scored a game-high 19 points but it was insufficient as the McGill men’s basketball team suffered a 93-71 loss to the University of Memphis Tigers at Love Competition Hall, Monday, in a preseason match-up between NCAA and CIS teams.
The Tigers, who qualified for the NCAA Tournament last spring, had five players reach double figures in scoring. They were led by Nick King and Shaq Goodwin, with 16 points apiece. Kuran Iverson added 15, while Chris Hawkins tallied a dozen and Avery Woodson had 11.
McGill scored the game’s first two points on a Sebastian Beckett jumper but the Tigers responded with 14-straight points to take a 14-2 lead and never trailed after that. They took a commanding 19-5 lead after the opening quarter and were comfortably ahead 40-21 at the half. McGill cut the Memphis advantage to 11 points on two occasions in the third quarter but failed to get any closer and trailed 70-51 after three.
Dufort, a senior from Smiths Falls, Ont., shot 6-for-12 from the field, including an impressive 5-for-7 performance from beyond the arc in a game-high 34 minutes of court time before fouling out late in the final stanza. He made both of his foul shots and added four rebounds, five assists and a steal.
Teammate Thomas Lacy, a 6-foot-1 junior guard from Jericho, Vt., came off the bench and poured in 16 points in 23 minutes, the bulk of them on four of 10 trey attempts. Other Redmen on the scoresheet included sophomore Francois Bourque (8) and freshman Jeremie Casavant-Dubois (8). Rounding out the scoring, with four points apiece, was rookie Jawara Pedican, sophomores Michael Peterkin and Sebastian Beckett, senior Ave Bross and rookie Noah Daoust.
Memphis shot a stellar 57.6 per cent from the field, 38.5 from three-point range and 64.5 from the free-throw line. McGill replied by shooting 37.3, 39.3 and 84.2, respectively. The taller Tigers had a huge 59-22 edge in points scored in the paint and a 41-24 advantage in rebounds. The turnover battle was fairly even with Memphis committing 23 compared to McGill’s 20.
The Tigers improved to 2-1 on their cross-border tour. They lost 86-76 at Carleton on Aug. 16 and bounced back to defeat the Ottawa Gee-Gees 104-89 on Monday. They will conclude their international excursion with a rematch at Carleton on Aug. 20.
McGill, which dropped to 0-2 in preseason play including a 96-69 loss to Indiana, has two home games remaining against NCAA Div. 1 squads. They will host the Greyhounds from Loyola University at Maryland from Baltimore on Aug. 26 and the Fordham University Rams from New York City on Aug. 26.