#10 Saint Mary’s (18-7, 10-5) 105, UPEI (6-13, 4-9) 98… Huskies pushed into a tie for first place in the AUS with a second consecutive convincing road win, tonight in Charlottetown as 5’9″ Marquis Clayton had 26 points, offsetting a 38 point effort from UPEI’s 6’2″ guard Tyler Scott. Huskies led for virtually the entire game, establishing a double digit lead early in the second quarter and took a 20 point lead into the final 4 minutes of play before Scott and 6’1″ Lorenzo Parker led a final Panthers rally to get it to 7 with 1:13 remaining. However, Saint Mary’s shot 17 for 22 from the free throw line in the final two minutes alone – including 10 for their last 10 – as UPEI fouled often to stop the clock to ice it as Clayton went 8 for 8 in the final 40 seconds. Huskies got an encouraging effort from 6’2″ freshman Kordeiro James, who knocked down 3 of 4 threes in the game off the bench, part of a 10 for 22 night for Saint Mary’s as a team. Panthers have simply not defended at a playoff level for most of the season and as a result are now 8 points behind Acadia with just 7 games remaining in the battle for the sixth and final spot at the AUS tournament. UPEI finishes the season with 4 games on the road including two at first-place contending Memorial and home games against UNB.
UNB (10-8, 9-5) 84, Acadia (8-14, 6-7) 74… In a game that stayed within 4 points until very late, Varsity Reds took the lead for good late in the third quarter and, playing without 6’0″ Javon Masters, got excellent production from their deep bench in a home win over the Axemen. Acadia did get the game back to within 1 at 72-71 with 3 minutes remaining however 6’2″ reserve wing Kaleefah Henry book-ended a pair of threes during a 10-1 run that allowed the Reds to lead by 10 with 30 seconds remaining and move into a tie with Saint Mary’s atop the AUS standings. 6’5″ Jamaal Potopsingh had 16 points and 9 rebounds including the go ahead three while 6’3″ Jesse Kendall took over some of the decision making given Masters absence with 14 points and 7 assists in 35 minutes. Axemen, one of the more explosive three-point shooting teams in the nation, shot just 4 for 16 from downtown and sit sixth in the AUS standings. Masters turned an ankle during last night’s loss to Saint Mary’s and Reds are hopeful to have their all-time leading scorer back in time for their pair of two point games next Friday and Saturday in Charlottetown against UPEI Panthers.
Dalhousie (19-7, 10-4) 73, Cape Breton (0-21, 0-14) 70… Capers had a chance for their first win as 6’0″ Jack Macauley had a good look at a game-tying three with about 2 seconds remaining but the shot came off and Tigers survived behind 32 points and 9 assists from 6’0″ fifth-year point guard Ritchie Kanza-Mata. CBU stayed within striking distance all night and got a big defensive play from 6’0″ veteran Seth Amoah to set up the final possession. 6’6″ Sven Stammberger, scoreless in the first 3 quarters, had three key buckets down the stretch including a nice draw-and-kick for a right-corner-pocket three from Kanza Mata. Tonight’s loss officially eliminates the Capers from AUS tournament contention.