AUS: Tigers stage big comeback at UNB

Dalhousie 91, UNB 87  Tigers capped a big comeback, taking the lead for good on a pair of free throws by 5’11” Ritchie Kanza-Mata with just 1:27 remaining, as the V-Reds were whistled for a ridiculous 15 fouls in the fourth quarter alone.  Dalhousie shot 23 free throws in the final frame alone as UNB had 37 fouls called on them during the game and had three players foul out, including in my opinion the player who makes UNB go, diminutive but fiery point guard Matt Daley.  I was only able to watch the first 25 minutes or so of this game but it was apparent to me that, while 6’1″ Javon Masters is statistically one of the top offensive performers in the entire CIS, Daley’s play is vital to making the V-Reds go.  Daley, who played only 20 minutes due to foul trouble that finally sent him to the bench with his 5th early in the fourth quarter, was unbelievable when on the floor, especially early as he assisted on UNB’s first 7 field goals.  Daley was the catalyst as the Reds hit 8 of their first 12 3’s overall, all set up by aggressive takes to the paint and pitch outs by Daley, who also hit 3 of his first 4 from downtown in a run that gave UNB a 15 point lead early.  Reds deployed a 1-3-1 zone that confused Dal at the start but later, with Daley on the bench with 2 fouls, Tigers were able to solve the “d” and focus exclusively on Masters, who struggled against multiple defenders when Daley sat.  Dal had got the game back to within 2 by halftime when Daley started another long V-Reds run early in the third that gave UNB a big lead again.  But he picked up his final 3 fouls in a short span and apparently things deteriorated from there.  Unofficially, UNB was probably about 25-30 points better than Dal with Daley on the floor.  But clearly Reds could not recover from 37 fouls including 15 in the 4th quarter.  The team’s meet again tonight.  UNB continues to struggle on the glass as Reds lost the rebounding battle 42-28.  Game Report

UPEI 104, Acadia 83  The Panthers broke away from a halftime tie as 6’7″ Dut Dut had 30 points.  UPEI won despite a sub-par offensive effort from 6’2″ Tyler Scott who shot just 3 for 16 including 0-6 from 3 but did add 12 rebounds and 7 assists.  The teams meet again this evening.  Box Score 

Saint Mary’s 86, Memorial 78  Huskies got a very important home win in comfortable fashion as Marquis Clayton went 5 for 10 from downtown and Brian Rouse added 20 and 9 in a win over the Sea-Hawks.  Box Score



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