Wild finish as X holds off UPEI in Charlottetown

St. FX (5-5, 1-0) 94, UPEI (0-4, 0-1) 93… 6’2″ freshman Justin Andrew knocked down a long 3 from about 3 feet behind the arc on the right wing with just 1 minute and 20 seconds remaining, giving resiliant X-Men the lead for good and later Panthers went 0 for 4 from the free throw line as X survived an absolutely wild finish in Charlottetown, in a game played before an overflow crowd of over 1,000.  After Andrews’ big shot, Panthers had two chances to win or tie the game at the free throw line, but 6’2 Tyler Scott missed a pair with 28 seconds remaining and, after Panthers survived a in-close miss by X with just seconds remaining, a mad scramble for the ball that led to what amounted to an inadvertent foul while UPEI was readying for a last second desperation heave, 6’7″ third-year forward Milorad Sedlarevic missed a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining in the game and X held the rebound for the somewhat-unlikely win.  Scott, who had 14 of his 21 points after halftime including 10 in the 4th quarter, helped turn the game around early in the final frame for UPEI with an array of dazzling finishes off the dribble.  X was down 5 at 90-85 before 6’7″ Kevin Bercy (game-high 30 points on 13-22 shooting, 10 rebounds) went to work to bring the game back, putting Andrew in a position to step up for the huge game-winning shot.  Panthers were aided by a 6-2 foul count in the fourth quarter but came up empty at the charity stripe when it counted.  Panthers led 51-46 at the half but X stormed out of the gate on a 10-3 run to take the lead in a game that lacked any consistent defense on the ball and was filled with up-tempo play and roulette-wheel-esque shot selection in many stretches.  5’10” Amin Suleman came out on fire with five first half 3’s, part of a 21-point effort before halftime although he had only 3 points and 4 turnovers in the second half and finished the game on the bench.  Sedlarevic had 14 points and 7 boards including a high-end dunk in transition for UPEI which also got 15 points/11 rebounds from 6’8″ Dut Dut.  6’3″ Julius Antoine added 16 for X.  The teams meet again tomorrow night.

Dalhousie (8-2, 1-0) 95, Cape Breton (0-8, 0-1) 60…  6’5″ freshman Alex Carson had a memorable first-ever AUS regular season game, knocking down all five of his three-point attempts and finishing with 18 points as the Tigers dominated the Capers in Halifax.  Dal jumped out to a large double digit lead, making 6 of their first 7 threes, jumping to a 48-24 lead and coasting from there.  6’2″ Jarred Reid came off the bench to add 18 for Dal, who shot 61% from the field in the first half and held CBU to just 2 for 10 shooting from downtown overall.  6’5″ Kenny Jean-Louis had 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead Capers; teams meet again tomorrow afternoon.


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