AUS Tonight: Axemen get back in race with home win over Saint Mary’s


Acadia (7-12, 5-5) 90, Saint Mary’s (13-7, 5-5) 82... 6’1″ Holland College transfer Trevon Grant had a career-high 22 points and gave the Axemen the lead for good with an “and 1″ with just over 5 minutes to play and 6’5” Kyle Arsenault clinched it with a clutch 3 with just over a minute remaining as the Axemen moved back into contention for a first-round bye with a win at home despite blowing a 16 point lead.  Acadia led by 13 midway through the third quarter when the Huskies took off on a 20-4 run during a 5 minute span highlighted by 8 points from 6’5″ Brian Rouse.  The game see-saw from there until Grant finished and was fouled, making no mistake at the line.  Rouse led all scorers with 26 points including 16 after halftime while Grant added 11 rebounds including 5 on the offensive glass for Acadia.  Axemen displayed much more energy out of the gate with 6’9″ Erik Nissen getting free inside for several early scores and both teams quickly attacking favorable match-ups at either end however Acadia was able to pull away and hold on in front of a near-capacity crowd in Wolfville.  Box Score

UPEI (5-11, 3-7) 90, Cape Breton (0-17, 0-10) 81... 6’2″ Tyler Scott broke open a tie game with 8 consecutive points late in the game including a clutch 3 from the left corner off an in-bound play with the shot clock winding down as the Panthers kept their fleeting playoff hopes alive with a late come-from-behind win in Sydney.  Scott finished with 26 points including 16 in the decisive 4th quarter, rescuing the Panthers who struggled early to score against an effective Capers zone and the strong work of 6’5″ Kenny Jean-Louis (23 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists in just 28 minutes), who battled foul trouble all evening.   UPEI shot just 10 for 44 (23%) from beyond the arc but got a typical clutch effort from All-Canadian Scott who broke a 77-77 tie with about 2 minutes remaining and later capped a 12-1 run with another tough 3 from the top of the bowl that brought UPEI back from a late 6 point deficit.  6’0″ Amin Suleman and 6’1″ Lorenzo Parker each added 16 for the Panthers while emerging 6’6″ post Shacier Locke had 16 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes for the unlucky Capers, still winless vs. U-Sport teams this season.  Box Score

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