Jubilant Jenkins jolts McGill past Guelph in holiday hoops tourney opener

Earl Zukerman

Matt Garies

Men's Basketball | 12/28/2018 8:30:00 PM

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MONTREAL -- Sophomore Sam Jenkins of Hamilton, Ont., scored a career-high 24 points as the McGill University men's basketball team defeated Guelph 81-77 to open the Olga Hrycak Holiday tournament at the Centre Sportif de l'UQAM, Friday.

It was McGill's first game in 27 days and the 81 points scored was the second-highest offensive output by the Redmen this season, next to an 87-69 win over Saint Mary's on Oct. 21. The confrontation marked the first time these teams had crossed paths in four years, dating back to a 101-78 win over Guelph at the Frank Tindall tourney in Kingston, Oct. 4, 2014.

McGill rallied from an early nine-point deficit and trailed 15-11 after the opening quarter. They outscored the Gryphons 27-19 in the second and 23-22 in the third. Guelph held a slim 21-20 edge in the final stanza. The Gryphons tied the score at 75-75 with 78 seconds remaining in the game but the Redmen collected six points -- four on free-throws -- in the final minute to secure the victory.

"I thought we played well, considering its the holiday break and we've only had two practices under our belts," said McGill head coach David DeAveiro. "I liked the way we competed. We moved the ball and shared it real well but we've got to get our condition, rhythm and timing back after such a long break. We will use this tournament to get us back to that mindset we were in before the break."

Jenkins, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard whose previous career-high was 19 points in a 105-59 win over UQAM on Jan. 6, 2018, played a game-high 37 minutes. He shot 9-for-12 from the floor, including an impressive 5-for-6 effort from three-point range and was 1-for-3 from the free-throw line. The physical education major added five rebounds with four assists.

Other teammates to reach double-digits in scoring were Avery Cadogan (16) Alex Paquin (12) and Noah Daoust, a fifth-year senior forward who had 10 points with a game-high seven rebounds before suffering a sprained ankle with 8:03 remaining in the fourth quarter. He did not return.

Tommy Yanchus led the Gryphons with 17 points, followed by Rasheed Weekes (11) and Malcolm Glanville (10).

The Redmen shot 51.6 per cent from the floor (32/62), 34.8 from the arc (8/23) and 56.3 from the line (9/16). McGill committed 19 turnovers, compared to Guelph's 17. The Gryphons held a 33-32 advantage in rebounds and an 11-8 margin in steals.

Guelph, which dropped to 9-11 overall, shot 41.0 per cent (25/61), 37.0 (10/27) and 81.0 (17/21), respectively.

McGill improved to 7-9 overall, including a 7-4 record against Canadian opponents. They will play Brandon (4-11) at 4 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 29). In the tourney's other game on Friday, UQAM outlasted Brandon 97-92.

REDMEN RAP: Senior point-guard Isaiah Cummins was kept out of the lineup with an undisclosed injury... The McGill exhibition game scheduled for Jan. 6 at Harvard has been canceled and will not be replaced on the Redmen calendar.

2018 Olga Hrycak Holiday Tournament Schedule

Friday, Dec. 28
6 pm:  McGill 81, Guelph 77
8 pm:  UQAM 97, Brandon 92

Saturday, Dec. 29
4 pm:  McGill vs Brandon
6 pm:  UQAM vs Guelph

Sunday, Dec. 30
12 noon:  Guelph vs Brandon

(no playoff round)

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