AUS Recap: 5’9″ Matt Daley had 11 of his 14 points during the game-deciding stretch of the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead “and 1″ while 6’1” Javon Masters scored the final 15 points for his team – all in the last 3 minutes – part of a 43 point effort as the explosive UNB Varsity Reds took an important road victory, winning 107-97 at Saint Mary’s. Daley provided the offensive spark when it counted, following up his clutch “and 1″ with back-to-back 3’s, while adding 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The scrappy, ultra-high-competitive point guard is the underlying key to any success the V-Reds have – his final 3 of the game gave UNB a 9 point lead with 3 minutes remaining. And I say that with all due respect for the dynamic Masters, who single-handidly iced the game with his great finish which included a perfect 7 for 7 from the foul line. Saint Mary’s again played without star 6’1” guard Marquis Clayton who remains out and got 31 points and 11 rebounds from 6’3″ Brian Rouse and 23/16 from 6’7″ Osman Barrie. The two teams meet again today with Huskies in dire need of a win to push into playoff position.
In other games, Acadia got 6’5″ Kyle Arsenault back in the lineup and the slick shooting wing who has authored an all-AUS season led all scorers with 26 points including 6 for 10 from 3 in the Axemen’s 76-73 win over Cape Breton, keeping Acadia’s chances alive for a first round AUS tournament bye, especially given UPEI’s loss at St. FX last night.
The X-Men came back from a 20 point first half deficit with a valiant comeback led by 6’2″ Julius Antoine who had 24 points while 6’7″ Kevin Bercy had 21 points and 16 rebounds including several big scores down the stretch as X kept their faint playoff hopes alive with their first home win of the season. 6’6″ Brad States fouled out with 18 points and 10 rebounds for UPEI while 6’2″ Tyler Scott started the game just 1 for 10 and finished just 7 for 24, trying to force the action in most possessions. Final foul count was UPEI 24, X 20 with St. FX staying in the game on the heels of 21 offensive rebounds.
All teams meet again today and are joined on the schedule by Dalhousie’s first of two games at Memorial.