Reds dominate early to sweep 1st place MUN; Kanza-Mata breaks AUS assists record


UNB (8-7, 7-4) 93, Memorial (11-10, 7-5) 79... Varsity Reds took over late in the first quarter with a 16-0 run and then made 4 consecutive threes during a 12-2 stretch that pushed the lead to 20 at 45-25 in an easy win at home over the Seahawks in Fredericton, allowing UNB to sweep the weekend series, using the momentum of last night’s tremendous come-from-behind win.  6’0″ Javon Masters again led the way as he continues his assault on the AUS scoring record book with 23 points and 9 rebounds plus one big assist late in the game when Seahawks got it back to within 9 points.  UNB had maintained leads as large as 15 throughout the middle of the game however Memorial mounted one serious charge on the heroics of 6’2″ Daniel Gordon who had 5 of 12 points on consecutive possessions to get back to 85-76.  However Masters fed 6’6″ Jamaal Potopsingh who converted an “and 1″ to clinch it.  6’9” Vasilije Curcic had a quiet 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists for Memorial.

Saint Mary’s (14-7, 6-5) 75, Dalhousie (16-6, 7-3) 71... 5’10” Marquis Clayton had 25 points – including 4-6 3’s – adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists as the Huskies produced a workmanlike win at home against the Tigers, further tightening the AUS standings.  Only 8 points separate the top 6 teams in the conference.  Clayton made several threes from well beyond the arc in another of the now-classic duels between he and Tigers 5’11” Ritchie Kanza-Mata, who led Dal with 15 points and broke the AUS record for career assists with 536, surpassing former Cape Breton Caper John Ryan (early 1990’s) – Ryan is now the Athletic Director at CBU.  Dalhousie continues to struggle with their perimeter shooting, going just 3 for 19 from downtown as 6’6″ Alex Carson continues to be sidelined with a groin issue and 6’2″ Cedric Sanogo works to get back to game shape coming off an injury that has sidelined him all season.  It also appears that 6’8″ Osman Barrie will not play for Saint Mary’s for the remainder of this season due to a lingering knee injury.

AUS Standings:

StFX 7-4,  22 pts.
UNB 7-4,  20 pts.
Memorial 7-5, 20 pts.
Dalhousie 7-3,  18 pts.
Saint Mary’s 6-5, 16 pts.
Acadia 5-5,  14 pts.
UPEI 4-7, 10 pts.
Cape Breton 0-10, pts.

Six games this coming week:

Thursday:  Dalhousie at Acadia

Friday/Saturday:  Cape Breton at Saint Mary’s (two games)

Saturday:  UNB at Dalhousie

Saturday/Sunday:  St. FX at Memorial (two games)

 

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