Acadia (3-2) 107, UPEI (1-4) 93… 6’0″ Nick De Palma knocked down 10 3’s as Axemen made 18 of 38 from downtown as a team and shot 49% in a comfortable win at home against the Panthers. DePalma finished with a season-high 32 points including 20 in the first half when Acadia made 10-21 threes in building an early double digit lead. Panthers did mount one meaningful rally in climbing back to within 5 late in the 3rd, primarily behind the third-quarter heroics of 5’11” Samy Mohamed – the fourth-year transfer from Algoma had all of his 15 points in the 3rd. However, DePalma and 6’3″ Ben Miller (16 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 6 steals) quickly rebuilt the double digit lead, sending Panthers to their 4th loss in 5 AUS games despite the return of 6’2″ Tyler Scott (18 points on 7-21 shooting). The team’s combined to shoot 65 threes. UPEI now has allowed a league-high 97 points per game while surrendering the most opponent threes as opposition teams have shot a league-high 48.5% from the field against Panthers. UPEI travels to Halifax to face Saint Mary’s while Axemen host UNB Varsity Reds this evening.
UNB (3-2) 83, Saint Mary’s (3-2) 79… 6’0″ Javon Masters hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining that broke a tie and 5’11” Marquis Clayton then missed a pair with 8 seconds remaining as UNB came from behind in the fourth quarter to upset the Huskies at the Homburg Center. UNB trailed by as many as 7 in the fourth quarter but 6’7″ NCAA D2 transfer Donnovan Hastings “and 1” with 48 seconds remaining tied the game and UNB held on for their first road win of the season against the #10 ranked team in the country which played without 3 regulars. Masters finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists while Hastings came off the bench to add 17 points and 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Clayton led SMU with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists but could not convert on a pair of clutch free throws when it mattered most. Saint Mary’s host UPEI Panthers tonight while Acadia hosts UNB – both 4 point games. Memorial also hosts Cape Breton in a 4 point game.