Huskies survive in OT, will meet Tigers in Shoveller semi-final


Saint Mary’s (11-4) 89, Queen’s (7-7) 86 in OVERTIME… 5’9″ Marquis Clayton had 8 of his 16 points in the extra frame and 6’6″ freshman Tristan Hyde, getting ample playing time in the absence of Huskies two starting bigs, gave the Huskies the lead for good with about 2 minutes gone in the OT to lift SMU to the tight win.  Gaels had stormed back from a late 13 point deficit to force the extra session, primarily on the fine work of 6’3″ Sukhpreet Singh who finished with a game-high 30 points.  However, Huskies aided the comeback, going 1-4 from the line in the final minute and committing 2 fouls about 70 feet from their basket while in bonus.  Queen’s tied the game with just 1 second remaining in regulation on a slick pick-and-roll out of time out that Russell Winters finished off a nice feed from Sammy Ayisi.  But Huskies took over in OT as 6’6″ Theon Reefer (game high 26 points) continued his fine offensive play; Reefer was a tough check all night for the Gaels, who struggle protecting the rim.  SMU, playing without 6’8″ Osman Barrie and 6’7″ Ash Lual, got a combined 22 points and 11 rebounds on 10-16 collective shooting from the unheralded Hyde and fellow reserve 6’6″ Brent Martindale.  Both Hyde and Martindale eventually fouled out.  Queen’s star forward 6’6″ Tanner Graham was held scoreless for the first half and had only 4 points until he came alive down the stretch, including a large three that got the game back to within 5 late and gave Gaels some momentum.  Huskies will face cross-town rival Dalhousie which dominated Mount Royal Cougars 85-67 as 6’3″ Jarred Reid and 6’3″ Kashrell Lawrence each had 18 in the win.

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