MONTREAL — Francois Bourque of Terrebonne, Que., registered a “double-double” and head coach David DeAveiro collected his 300th career win as McGill overwhelmed Laval 73-42 in men’s basketball at Love Competition Hall, Saturday.
The 31-point spread was McGill’s largest margin of victory over Laval in 20 years, since a lopsided 105-55 home-court win on Feb. 10, 1995. The Redmen have won 10 of the last 12 confrontations with Laval and now lead the all-time series between the provincial rivals by a slim 55-54 margin since they first crossed paths in 1966-67.
It was fourth straight conquest for the unranked but division-leading Redmen, who were dominant in every facet of the game, and improved to 6-2 in conference play.
“I am really happy for our kids,” said DeAveiro, who now owns a 300-197 record in 497 games overall as a CIS bench boss, including a 90-70 mark with the Redmen. “They have been working extremely hard since the holiday break and they deserve this first-place spot.”
Bourque, a 6-foot-5, 192-pound sophomore, scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds off the glass in just 23 minutes of court-time. It marked his seventh career double-double in 23 league contests and his third of the season. He was extremely efficient from the floor, shooting 50 per cent (7/14) and added four assists and two steals.
The Rouge et Or kept it close in the opening frame and only found themselves trailing just 12-11 heading into the second quarter. This was when McGill took total control and never looked back. They outscored Laval 24-11 in the period to take a 36-22 halftime lead. Then following the break the Redmen continued to pile it on outscoring their Quebec City rivals 37-20 over the final two stanzas.
Limiting the Rouge et Or to just 42 total points was the second-best defensive performance for McGill this season, one-point shy of the total allowed in a 64-41 decision over Concordia on Nov. 22. McGill forced Laval into shooting just 26.2 per cent from the floor (16/61) and 3-for-20 from beyond the arc. The Redmen also had 14 steals and managed to limit Laval’s 6-foot-9 Boris Hadzimuratovic and 6-foot-6 Antoine Beaumier to only five and four points, respectively.
McGill, meanwhile, shot 35.4 per cent from the field (28/79), went 10-for-36 from three-point land and 7-of-12 from the line (58.3%). They also had a 54-40 edge in rebounding and only turned the ball over 14 times compared to Laval’s 20.
Jeremie Casvant-Dubois, a freshman forward from Longueuil, Que., had a hot hand and was only other Redmen player to reach double figures, scoring a dozen points. He went 5-of-8 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers and collected five rebounds.
Sophomore Regis Ivaniukas of Oakville, Ont., contributed nine points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Leading the way for the Rouge et Or was Karl Demers-Belanger with 15 points, on 4-of-8 shooting. He was 2-for-2 from three-point range and made five of six from the foul-line.
The Redmen will now shift focus to an upcoming home-and-home series against the UQAM Citadins (2-4) who will visit Love Competition Hall on Thursday (Jan. 29). Tip-off is at 8 p.m. and the game will be streamed online at ssncanada.ca.
Laval, which dropped to 4-4, returns to Quebec City for an all-important second-place battle against Bishop’s (4-4) on Jan.23.