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The Rouge et Or wins the first title in its history

The Rouge et Or wins the first title in its history

In front of a packed crowd and in a packed PEPS, Université Laval's Rouge et Or won their first men's basketball tournament title in their history on Sunday, defeating the Queen's Gaels by a score of 77-71.

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Like the NCAA tournament games, fans invaded the stadium after this historic conquest.

Seeded eighth and in the Canadian Championships for the first time since 2008, Rouge et Or stunned everyone to win the title. Laval is the first program in U Sports history to win the WP McGee Trophy after posting a deficit in the regular season.

A good start to Rouge et Or

Trailing 8-7, Rouge et Or put together a string of 14 straight points to take a 21-8 lead, but the Gaels finished the first quarter strong to cut the deficit to 24-17.

The Ontario champions and national No. 2 seed continued their momentum to start the second quarter with a streak of seven in a row. The Rouge et Or cut the deficit to a point, but the visitors scored on the final play of the quarter to go back to the locker room with a 43-39 lead.

Bronze medal

The Ottawa Jays won the bronze medal by defeating the Dalhousie Tigers 91-83. Gatineau's Justin Nadjuk Tadjour, whose family lives in Quebec, led the winning attack with 26 points.

Fifth place for Citadines

After an emotional quarter-final defeat to the Gee Gees, Citadins de l'UQAM finished the tournament strong with two victories. With fifth place on the line, the Citadins defeated the Victoria Vikes by a score of 80-70. The fifth-place finish matches their performance last year in Halifax.

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For the Vikes, who were the early favorites, it's a Canadian championship to remember.