UPEI (1-1) 93, St. FX (1-1) 89… With his Panthers listless and reeling against X-Men’s zone defense and easy transition scores that built a St.FX 16 point second quarter lead, 6’2″ Tyler Scott did what would be expected of a fifth-year, All-Canadian star: he started making All-Canadian plays. Scott finished with 35 points including 5 threes, at least 3 of which were at least 5 feet behind the arc, in a scintillating offensive performance that woke up his bench and the large partisan crowd in Charlottetown. Veteran UNB transfer 6’6″Mark Matheson was also instrumental, knocking down a big 3 and scoring 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as Panthers took the lead for good at 76-74 with a 13-4 that bridged the third and fourth quarters. 6’1″ newcomer Shavon Gayle had all 6 of his points during the game-deciding run including the go-ahead basket as he flashed his electric open-court skills. X had seemingly broken the game open with their 1-2-2 pressure after makes into a 3/2 zone that slowed the Panthers, forced bad shots and allowed 6’1″ Akil Charles (22 points, mainly transition layups) and friends to get out for easy scores. X’s 6’7″ star Kevin Bercy had his usual dominant effort inside with 23 points and 18 rebounds on 9-15 shooting, finishing with an array of takes inside and from the perimeter. X got a pair of crazy dunks from 6’7″ freshman Azaro Roker, one on a put-back and the second on a transition ally-oop. Roker also showed a nice ability to break down his defender off the dribble and see the floor with the pitch out. Another exciting, entertaining take-the-first-good-look-that’s-available AUS firewagon game that saw the re-awakening of Tyler Scott.
Saint Mary’s (2-0) 97, Acadia (0-2) 89... 5’10” Marquis Clayton had 38 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in his second consecutive dominant performance as the Huskies swept the Axemen with a victory in Halifax. SMU led by as many as 26 points midway through the second quarter despite playing without emerging star wing 6’3″ Kemar Alleyne who missed the game with an ankle injury sustained late in Thursday’s opening night win over the Axemen in Wolfville. Acadia, which got 27 points and 9 rebounds from 6’9″ lefty Erik Nissen, did not have newcomers 6’1″ Trevon Grant (transfer Holland College) or 6’7″ Jerome Mugambi in the lineup.
In other games, Dalhousie completed a weekend sweep of Cape Breton with an 88-63 thumping of the Capers, who were held to 3 for 17 shooting from three. Veterans Sven Stammberger and Kash Lawrence combined to shoot 16 for 20 from the floor and each finished with 20 points to led the Tigers (2-0)… Memorial Sea-Hawks pulled away in the fourth quarter for an impressive come-from-behind win at home against UNB Varsity Reds as 6’9″ Vasilije Curcic had 19 points and 15 rebounds while guard Davion Parnsalu went a perfect 11 for 11 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to help clinch the win. The teams meet again this afternoon in St. John’s.