Dalhousie (6-1) 74, Brock (5-1) 72… 6’2″ Ryan Bennett‘s decent look at a game-tying shot at the buzzer hit the front of the rim and came off, allowing Tigers to win what was likely the most exciting and pressure-packed game of the entire CIS/U-Sport pre-season. Two of the best teams in the entire country went at it hard this evening in St. Catharines and in the end, according to eyewitnesses, guard play was the difference as the Tigers came from behind to defeat the hometown Badgers in what was described as an “instant classic”. Tigers trailed by as many as 10 early but turned up the defense led by AUS defensive player-of-the-year Ritchie Kanza-Mata and Dal’s overall energy took the game over, finally taking the lead late in the third quarter on a three by 6’6″ freshman Alex Carson with 12 seconds remaining in the third. But another sensational frosh 6’6″ Daniel Cayer, banked in a three from the left corner at the third quarter buzzer, setting up a dramatic, intense fourth quarter. Tigers took the lead for good at 61-59 on 6’5″ Sven Stammberger‘s “and 1″ and later extended the lead to 5 at 68-63. Later, Kanza-Mata unfortunately fouled out with 2 1/2 minutes to play and Dal up 73-68 and the momentum seemed to change as Badgers scored the next 4 points including a pair of clutch free throws by Cayer to get the game back to 1 at 73-72. Brock held but on their next possession, Tigers forced a turnover by 6’7” Dani Elgadi and later 6’2″ Kash Lawrence, with a chance to give Tigers a 3 point lead went 1 of 2 from the line, setting up the final possession. We hope to have more stats on this game as the Tigers pick up an important road win that could be important later in the year for wild card purposes. Dal has to re-focus for tomorrow’s 1 PM ET start against the well-coached and usually well-prepared Windsor Lancers as the tournament wraps up.