AUS/RSEQ: Favorites all win

In Charlottetown, AUS first-place UPEI Panthers got a balanced effort and kept 6’1″ Javon Masters generally in-check in a relatively easy 94-75 win over visiting UNB as 6 different Panthers scored in double figures led by 16 from 6’2″ Tyler Scott.  Masters did go off during a second quarter stretch with some tough finishes and a pair of long, almost acrobatic 3’s but UNB went only 13 for 37 from downtown overall.  The hometown Panthers were whistled for only 5 fouls total through the first 28 minutes of the game when they led by 20+.  The foul count finished 19-11 for UNB with 6 UPEI fouls whistled after the game was well decided.  Summerside, PEI native 6’6″ Mark Matheson, maybe the most improved player in the entire country let alone the AUS, led UNB with 22 points and 12 rebounds including 5 for 8 from downtown while Masters finished with 21.

At DalPlex, 6’2″ Kash Lawrence had 12 of his game-high 21 points after halftime as Dalhousie grinded out a 78-73 win over Saint Mary’s, who played without 6’1″ sparkplug Marquis Clayton.

In Antigonish, Acadia swept the home-and-home with St. FX as 6’3″ Ben Miller led all scorers with 25 points, adding 9 rebounds and 4 assists in an 82-74 win over reeling St. FX, which now sits last in the AUS with just 1 win in 11 games and are 0-5 at home in AUS play.

In Lennoxville, Laval used a 23-5 run to overcome a late third-quarter 9 point deficit to bury the Gaiters deeper into the cellar of the RSEQ with a 75-68 road victory over Bishop’s.  Once again, Rouge et Or’s dominating depth was the difference as 6’5″ Franston Demothene was instrumental off the bench with 14 points and 7 rebounds as Laval’s bench outscored Bishop’s 28-6.  Bishop’s welcomed back impact 6’6″ forward David Belanger, who returned from an injury to score 24 points on a perfect 9 for 9 from the floor and 6 for 6 from the line.  But the Gaiters could not score down the stretch and are now just 1-6 in league play.  Laval improves to 5-4 as the RSEQ tightens up 1 through 4.  The teams meet again this evening in Ste. Foy while 5-4 Concordia visits 5-2 McGill at Love Competition Hall after the team’s thrilling double OT game at the Bee-Hive on Thursday night.


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