AUS: X rallies late to stun Acadia; Masters #2 all-time


St. FX (10-10, 5-3) 86, Acadia (6-11, 4-4) 80… 6’0′ Davonte Provo culminated a frantic comeback with a three from the left wing with just over a minute to play to give X-Men the lead for good and later a controversial non-call on 6’9″ Erik Nissen seal it as St. FX survived at home.  Starting a stretch of 4 consecutive home games at the Oland Center and playing without injured 6’1″ spark-plug Akil Charles, X had trailed by 14 with just 9 minutes remaining and things looked bleak before 6’1″ sophomore Tristen Ross took over with 9 points in a 2 1/2 minute stretch to get the game back to manageable.  Out of a time out and with X trailing by 1, Axemen decided to fall back into a zone and, with their attention on Ross, the ball was swung to the lefty Provo, who didn’t hesitate, making no mistake to provide a 2 point lead.  On the ensuing possession, Acadia worked the ball down low to Nissen who turned to get to the rim and was swarmed by several X defenders, at least one of which appeared to make contact on the shot.  Unfortunately for Acadia and much to their continued chagrin, the whistle did not blow.  Axemen had one more opportunity to tie or take the lead but 6’5″ Kyle Arsenault missed an open three.  Axemen did not make a field goal in the final 4+ minutes of the game – missing their final 10 shots and also went just 1-4 from the foul line during that stretch.  Ross had 19 points to lead all scorers while 6’7″ Kevin Bercy added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.  6’1″ freshman Justin Andrew had three 3’s and 15 points to help X while Nissen led the way for Acadia with 15 points and 12 rebounds.  St. FX gets set to host the athletic UNB Varsity Reds tonight in Antigonish while Acadia travels to Dalhousie this coming Tuesday for their next game.

UNB (6-6, 5-3) 115, Cape Breton (0-16, 0-8) 75… 6’1″ Javon Masters moved into second place all-time in AUS scoring as the Varsity Reds sizzled from the perimeter, making 9 of their first 12 threes in an easy win over the Capers in Sydney.  Masters memorable shot was a three from the right wing late in the second when UNB made their game-deciding run that pushed an 8 point lead to 20+.  6’7″ Donnavan Hastings, a third year transfer from Brampton, ON, came off the bench to score 19 of his 22 points in the first half for UNB which broke to a 61-38 halftime lead and coasted.  V-Reds shot 14-27 from three overall including 8-10 in the decisive second quarter.  Masters finished with 22 points and 11 assists for the V-Reds who make their way to Antigonish tonight and a meeting with St. FX X-Men.

Masters is now 314 points behind all-time AUS leader 6’6″ Curtis Robinson – the former high flying UPEI Panther and native of Montreal and with as many as 32 career games remaining (12 this season, 20 next season), Masters needs to average about 10 points per game to approach Robinson’s record.

All-time AUS Career Scoring Leaders:

  1. Curtis Robinson UPEI 2,069 (5) 1991/92-1995/96 in 100 games
  2. Javon Masters UNB 1,755 in 68 games
  3. Fred Perry StFX 1,741 (5) 1996/97-2000/01 in 91 games
  4. Sherone Edwards UPEI 1,698 (5) 2002/03-2006/07 in 99 games
  5. Brian Thompson SMU 1,679 (5) 1987/88-1991/92 in 93 games

Earlier, Masters took over the career lead in scoring at UNB, surpassing Scott Devine at 1,535.

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