03/08/2013 05:18 EST | Updated 05/08/2013 05:12 EDT

Lakehead upsets Cape Breton 74-61 in opening game of CIS men`s basketball event

OTTAWA - The fifth-ranked Acadia Acemen downed the UBC Thunderbirds 89-80 in the quarter-finals of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's basketball tournament on Friday.

Both teams came out strong, but strong defensive play and three-point shooting by Tyler Scott allowed the Axemen to build a lead by as much as nine points in the first quarter. Acadia led by eight at the half.

"Our guys were pretty focused," said Axemen coach Stephen Baur. "I think it was one of the goals we set in the game, that we wanted everyone to be part of the rebounding. We got a group effort, which really helps because it's difficult when it's only one guy."

In the third quarter, the Thunderbirds came out firing and tied things up at 43-43 before the Axemen once again began to pull away, leading 64-57 at the end of the third quarter.

The game was delayed for approximately 10 minutes with 3:32 remaining when Thunderbirds guard Doug Plumb went down hard following a turnover. He appeared to remain conscious, but was removed on a stretcher by paramedics as a precautionary measure.

In the end, UBC didn't have an answer for Acadia's smothering defence and aggressive rebounding.

Tyler Scott was the leading scorer for Acadia, picking up 29 points coupled with six rebounds. O'Brian Wallace led the way in scoring for UBC with 26 points and was selected as player of the game.

"He (Scott) was hot early and anytime you can build on that energy it's great," said Baur. "He drilled a bunch of shots, it made him feel pretty good and we just fed off it."

Earlier, Lakehead defeated Cape Breton 74-61 in the opening game of the tourney. The seventh-seeded Thunderwolves pulled away in the fourth quarter for the upset win over the second-seeded University Capers. Fifth-year guard Ben Johnson scored a game-high 25 points for Lakehead.

The Ottawa Gee-Gees booked their place in the semifinals with an 82-70 victory over the McGill Redmen.

McGill, joining the final eight for the first time in 33 years, trailed by a single point at the half. Ottawa, supported by what was essentially a home crowd, started to pull away in the second half and never relinquished the lead.

All-Canadian Warren Ward lead the way for the Gee Gees with a double-double with 23 points and eleven rebounds, each game-high totals. He was selected as the player of the game.

The top-ranked Carleton Ravens will play No. 8 Victoria later in the day and the No. 4 UBC Thunderbirds were to meet the fifth-seeded Acadia Axemen.

Carleton has won the championship in eight of the past 10 years.