AUS Friday: Tigers survive in OT, Huskies come back

Saint Mary’s 97, Acadia 92  6’5″ Theon Reefer had the go-ahead bucket in the final minute as the Huskies came from 14 points down to solidify their hold on a playoff spot.  Kemar Alleyne led scorers with 26 points including 11 for 11 from the line while 6’8″ Osman Barrie added 24.  Axemen took a big first half lead by knocking down 8 of their first 11 threes including 6’5″ Kyle Arsenault who knocked down his first 4 and is clearly all the way back from an injury that sidelined him for a few weeks in January.  Acadia also punched it inside against the porous SMU paint-area “d” as 6’7″ Erik Nissen had 17 points and 7 rebounds in the first half alone but only had 7 after halftime.  Down by 11 at half, SMU quickly tied the game by mid-way through the 3rd, setting up Reefer’s heroics.  Huskies welcomed back star guard Marquis Clayton, who entered the game late in the first with Saint Mary’s in a 14 point hole and, after missing his first two shots, scored 5 in a SMU run that cut it to just 6 at 39-33.  But Acadia finished the half on a 13-8 run including a pair of 3’s back-to-back 3’s from Arsenault.

Dalhousie 76, Cape Breton 74 OT  6’2″ Kashrell Lawrence had all of his 18 points after halftime and made the key defensive play of the game late in OT with a steal off an in-bounds with 19 seconds remaining as the Tigers outlasted the visiting Capers.  Tigers led for much of the game but had to tie it late in regulation as 6’6″ Sven Stammberger made 1 of 2.  Lawrence later gave Tigers a 1 point lead at the line late in the extra frame before CBU turned it over on their next to last possession.  After Ritchie Kanza-Mata made 1 of 2, Capers Cedric Kasango missed a long 3 for the win and Tigers held.  Dal changed their “d” continually in the first half, forcing perimeter jumpers and wreaking havoc on the press, while star veteran Kanza-Mata (20 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals) continued to architect an all-AUS type season with strong perimeter “d” and clever takes to the rim supported by the odd 3 as the Tigers.  6’8″ Meshack Lufile dominated inside with 20 points and 16 rebounds but Capers were just 5 for 18 from 3 and turned it over 22 times including the key giveaway late in the OT.  Capers are now in 6th place after Saint Mary’s comeback win at home over Acadia.  CBU and SMU meet tomorrow night at the Holmberg Center.

AUS Standings: 

Dalhousie 12-5, 34 pts. 

UPEI 10-6, 26 pts.

Acadia 10-7, 24 pts.

UNB 9-7, 24 pts.

Saint Mary’s 7-8, 18 pts.

Cape Breton 7-9, 18 pts.

Memorial 6-10, 14 pts.

St. FX 3-12, 6 pts.

Saturday Games:

Memorial at UPEI (Saturday and Sunday)

St. FX at UNB

Cape Breton at Saint Mary’s


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