AUS: Axemen edge closer to playoffs

Acadia 114, Cape Breton 99… Axemen used a three-point shooting barrage – making 5 of their first 6 from downtown – to build an early double-digit lead and coasted for the win over the visiting Capers to sweep the weekend series in Wolfville.  Once again 6’5″ Kyle Arsenault was Acadia’s main offensive weapon with 30 points including 6 for 10 from three as Acadia shot 50% from the floor including 15-31 from three.  6’3″ Ben Miller had 14 points and 10 assists for Acadia.  The victory pushed Acadia to within 6 points clinching a spot in the AUS tournament – with 22 points. Axemen lead seventh-place UPEI by 10 points.  Panthers host UNB tonight – any combination of points gained by Acadia and points lost by UPEI adding up to 6 gives Acadia the final tournament spot.  6’5″ Kenny Jean-Louis led all scorers with 31 points, 17 after halftime and added 10 rebounds on 12 for 18 shooting for Cape Breton, which remains winless.  Axemen visit Saint Mary’s next Saturday night in a two-point game.

Dalhousie 91, Memorial 69… 6’6″ Sven Stammberger had 23 points including a highlight reel dunk, going 4 for 8 from downtown and 6’2″ senior forward Kash Lawrence added 24 points and 7 rebounds as Dal completed the two-game, eight-point sweep of visiting Memorial.  Tigers jumped out to an early 20 point lead that included a 15-0 run bouyed by three consecutive 3’s – two by Stammberger – to take control early.  But Seahawks survived, creeping back to within two at 51-49 behind the slick offensive work of 6’9″ Vasilije Curcic and 6’3″ Austin Chambers, who combined to score all of MUN’s points during a 27-9 run.  Both finished with 24 points with Chambers making 6 of 7 threes overall on the afternoon.  But reserve 6’1″ guard Matt McVeigh knocked down a three and Stammberger got the crowd and bench back into it with an athletic slam, restoring a double digit lead and putting the game away.  Memorial, 7-1 at home, lost their fifth consecutive road game and sits just 2-6 away from home in advance of hosting UPEI Panthers for a pair of two point games in St. John’s next weekend.  Tigers, who took over sole possession of first place in the AUS with 32 points, have an important road game Tuesday night at St. FX, now back in the hunt for a first round tournament bye after their dramatic win at Saint Mary’s last night.

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