Huskies come from 22 down to stun hometown Capers

Saint Mary’s (6-1) 96, Cape Breton (0-7) 87… 5’10” Marquis Clayton scored 12 consecutive points in a two minute span bridging the third and fourth quarters and the Huskies used runs of 18-0 and later 16-2 to climb out of a 22 point hole and stun hometown Cape Breton in the third-place game at the Capers Fall Classic in Sydney in what was another wild AUS affair.  Once again CBU played well in spurts but could not put 40 minutes together as the young group matures for first-year Head Coach Dave Petroziello.  Clayton, who finished with a game-high 24 points, had a pair of traditional “and 1’s” followed by a three that beat the third quarter buzzer, which was part of 18 straight points that gave Saint Mary’s a 78-75 lead.  After Capers 6’6″ forward Christian Affolter interrupted the momentum with a dunk, Saint Mary’s took off on another 16-2 run that sealed the game.  Capers committed 14 of their 31 game fouls in the final 17 minutes and turned it over 12 times in that span.  Huskies won despite shooting only 2 for 11 from 3.  6’5″ Theon Reefer had 22 and 10 for SMU while 6’3″ Kemar Alleyne added 22 on 11-14 free throws as Saint Mary’s went to the line 45 times.  6’3″ Seth Amoah led Capers with 20 points however he did not score in the final 11 1/2 minutes of play while 6’5″ Kyle Hankins added 19 and sharpshooter 6’0″ Jack MacAulay added 18 points and 6 rebounds.  6’6″ star forward Kenny Jean-Louis suffered through another difficult shooting night, finishing just 1 for 11 but did add 6 rebounds and 6 assists.  Saint Mary’s bench was thin as 6’2″ freshman Kordeiro James aggravated an achilles injury and 6’8″ Osman Barrie remains out.  Both teams have next weekend off in preparation for the start of the AUS season in two weeks with the Huskies scheduled for a home-and-home set with Acadia while Cape Breton will travel to Halifax to meet Dalhousie Tigers.


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