It's hardly a shock any more when a CIS basketball squad beats a NCAA foe in an August exhibition game. The Ottawa Gee-Gees and Johnny Berhanemeskel once again illustrated why that's the new normal while pulling off a 79-76 comeback win over University of Illnois at Chicago Flames for their third win over a Division I team in four days.
Ottawa didn't have its best shooting night on Wednesday, unlike in its head-turning win three days earlier against the fabled Indiana Hoosiers. Yet the intimidation factor that was a reality for CIS teams not so long ago against NCAA teams wasn't there. The reigning CIS silver medallist trailed an athletic, tough mid-major by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, but chipped away with a string of stops and scores. In the final minute, Berhanemeskel drew an offensive foul on Illinois-Chicago guard D'Juan Miller, then sank a falling-out-of-bounds, tiebreaking three-pointer off a kick-out pass from point guard Mike L'Africain.Read More »from Ottawa Gee-Gees, Johnny Berhanemeskel show why top CIS hoops teams beating NCAA foes in August is the new normal