6’2″ Kashrell Lawrence scored Dalhousie’s final 6 points including the game winner with just 13 seconds remaining as the resilient Tigers came up with a huge four-point road victory at Charlottetown, where foul counts remain severely skewed against opponents. Lawrence had 12 of his 16 points in the final 11 minutes of the game while Tigers got another solid offensive performance from 6’6″ Sven Stammberger, who got free against UPEI’s 1-3-1 zone for numerous looks from the baseline, finishing with 17 points.
Without taking away much from Tim Kendrick‘s Panthers, a formidable AUS championship contender with arguably the best inside/out combination in the conference in 6’2″ AUS POY candidate Tyler Scott and 6’6″ Brad States and maturing pieces adding to their depth, we present the simple facts on foul counts in games played in Charlottetown (prior posts/commentary have revealed that same skews have been fact in many other years): in the 9 AUS games played in Charlottetown to date, 8 times the opponents have been whistled for more fouls than the home side for a total of 186 fouls against opponents vs. 133 for the home side. Opponents average almost 21 fouls per game at UPEI against only 14.8 fouls per game against the home side. This weekend’s games: UNB 19, UPEI 11 on Friday night – note that Panthers had only 5 fouls called against them through the first 28 minutes of the game when they led by more than 20; the final 6 calls came when the game was for all intents and purposes decided. Last night’s foul count: Dalhousie 23, UPEI 13 including Dal taking 5 of the final 6 fouls of the game. Panthers last foul call against came with 8 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. These facts do not attempt to marginalize the accomplishments of Kendrick and his group: Panthers are tied for first place in the AUS with Dal, each with 24 points. Panthers have played only 3 road AUS regular season games with foul counts as follows: at SMU (Panthers 27, Huskies 19), at Acadia (Panthers 17, Axemen 20) and at Acadia (Panthers 24, Axemen 25). Contrast that with two games played between Acadia and UPEI in Charlottetown (Panthers 17, Acadia 20 and Panthers 10, Axemen 25). The numbers speak for themselves.
Scott (game-high 23 points) was again outstanding in spurts last night, going off early in the third quarter with a series of long range 3’s and tough takes to the rim while States (20 points, 7 rebounds), who gets forgotten by Panthers guards for meaningful stretches of many games, got himself going in the third by ripping down a rebound and using his superior athleticism to go coast-to-coast for an “and 1” finish. States also caught one on the break and came within inches of a highlight reel dunk on two unsuspecting Tigers but his slam attempt ricoched off the back iron back toward mid-court.
UPEI has 8 games remaining, 6 of which are on the road at Cape Breton (2), at last-place St. FX (2), at Dalhousie and at UNB. Their final 2 games of the year at home are with Memorial.
UPEI 9-3 24 pts.
Dalhousie 9-4 24 pts.
Acadia 8-5 20 pts.
UNB 6-6 18 pts.
CBU 5-5 14 pts.
MUN 5-7 12 pts.
Saint Mary’s 4-7 8 pts.
St. FX 1-10 2 pts.