The Bluejays defeated conference opponent Ottawa University on the road tonight, 79-69, to keep themselves tied with Sterling College for the top spot in the KCAC conference.
The Bluejays scored first in the game with a Ryan Chippeaux free throw and proceeded to build a solid lead over the Braves in the next few minutes of play time. Chippeaux made two free throws with a little under 10 minutes left in the half to make the score 22-6 with the Bluejays on top.
The Braves rallied a bit in the last few minutes of the first half, lessening the Bluejays? lead by a few points, but it was too little too late. The Bluejays were ahead, 33-21, as both teams headed into the locker room.
The Bluejays continued to remain dominant in the first part of the second half, keeping the Braves scoreless during a 10-point Bluejays scoring run that made the score at the end of the run 43-28 with a little over 16 minutes left. A basket from the Bluejays? Michael Janzen gave them an 18-point lead, 53-35, with 13:19 remaining.
As the second half wound down, the Bluejays maintained a comfortable double-digit lead over the Braves. With only a couple minutes left the Braves tried to stage a comeback, but the Bluejays hung on to win with a 10-point margin, 79-69.
The Bluejays had three players in the double digits, with Damon Dechant posting 11 points, Philip Jimenez making 12, and Lawson Kingsley leading the Bluejays with 19 points for the night. Two Braves players made double digits, with Corey Smith making 16 and Larry Barber racking up 25 points tonight.