AUS: Top of standings tighter after X upsets Saint Mary’s

St. FX 85, #10 Saint Mary’s 83… 6’8″ Cameron Walker‘s basket with 13 seconds remaining was the difference, pushing the X-Men to a critical road win at Saint Mary’s, thus tightening up the AUS standings where just 4 points separate the top 5 teams.  Walker’ second basket in the final minute and a half helped X overcome a late Huskies rally that erased a late 10-point St. FX lead.  6’7″ Kevin Bercy had a dominant 26-point, 17 rebound effort for X but made just 1-2 free throws with 48 seconds remaining.  After SMU’s  5’9″ fifth-year guard Marquis Clayton tied it with a pair of free throws, Walker, who finished with 14 points on 6-8 shooting and 8 rebounds, won it for X.  Clayton shrugged off a tough night with 8 of his 12 points in the final 5 minutes of play including both of his threes, enabling Saint Mary’s tie to it after falling behind 73-63 midway through the fourth.  X shot 48% from the floor and got three 3’s from 6’1″ sophomore guard Tristan Ross while 6’3″ Julius Antoine added 19.  6’5″ Brian Rouse led the Huskies with 24 points but SMU shot just 6 of 25 from three point land including making just two threes in the first 35 minutes of the game.  St. FX now gets set to host Dalhousie Tigers (11-4) on Tuesday night while Saint Mary’s is off until next Saturday night when Huskies host Acadia.

UPEI 92, UNB 77… 6’2″ Tyler Scott helped make sure that Panthers kept their fleeting playoff hopes alive with a sterling performance, scoring 29 points while 6’8″ Dut Dut authored another impressive double/double with 13 points and 19 rebounds as UPEI defeated the Varsity Reds, playing without their two top scorers, injured 6’0″ all-AUS guard Javon Masters (18.8 ppg) and 6’5″ Jamaal Potopsingh (12.2 ppg).  With Panthers up just 1 late in the third, Panthers 6’1″ sophomore guard Shavon Gayle (13 points) started a game-deciding 13-0 run that included an “and 1” and Panthers were never seriously threatened thereafter jumping to leads as large as 21.  The teams meet again this evening in Charlottetown with UPEI still 8 points behind sixth-place Acadia in the battle for the final berth at the AUS tournament.

Acadia 101, Cape Breton 88… 6’5″ Kyle Arsenault had 27 points while sharpshooting guard 6’0″ Nick DePalma added 23 as the Axemen pulled away in the third quarter for a decisive win over the Capers, leading by as many as 23.  Acadia now has 20 points and sits 8 points ahead of UPEI for sixth in the AUS.  Axemen, with 18 points remaining on the table including 3 more four-point games, need to gain 8 more points in their final 6 games of the season to clinch sixth.  The two teams meet again this evening in Wolfville in another two point affair.

Dalhousie 88, Memorial 63… 6’2″ Jarred Reid had 24 points including 6 for 8 from downtown as the Tigers overcame an early 15 point deficit in soundly defeating the Seahawks in Halifax in the first of two, four-point weekend games between two teams fighting for a first round AUS tournament bye.  Seahawks charged out of the opening tip, making 8 of their first 9 shots to take a 21-6 lead but Reid, the fifth-year senior wing, made 3’s on three consecutive possessions and a dunk by 6’2″ Kash Lawrence allowed Tigers to come all the way back in less than 5 minutes.  Later, with Tigers up just 2 at 48-46, Lawrence and Reid kick started the game-deciding 24-2 run that included another three 3’s by Reid pushing the lead to 24 and the game was never in doubt thereafter.  6’4″ freshman Nathan Barker had a career-high 18 for Memorial which got only 8 points and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes from a foul-plagued 6’9″ Vasilije Curcic, who picked up his third and fourth fouls before the three minute mark of the third quarter.

AUS Standings

Dalhousie 11-4, 28 points (16 points remaining)

Saint Mary’s 10-6, 28 points (8 points remaining)

UNB 9-6, 28 points (12 points remaining)

St. FX 8-6, 26 points (16 points remaining)

Memorial 9-6, 24 points (16 points remaining)

Acadia 7-7, 20 points (18 points remaining)


UPEI 5-9, 12 points (16 points remaining)

Cape Breton 0-15, 0 points (14 points remaining)



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