Saint Mary’s 93, Acadia 90… 5’10” Marquis Clayton hit the game winning shot as the buzzer sounded, propelling the Huskies to an exciting see-saw battle win over the Axemen in Halifax. Saint Mary’s bench and fans erupted and raced onto the floor with excitement on Senior’s Night as the diminutive fifth-year guard authored a life-long highlight, adding another memory to what has been a tremendous bounce-back season by Clayton, who struggled with multiple injuries last season. More importantly, the victory by Saint Mary’s kept their chances alive of a first-round bye in the AUS tournament. Huskies trail second-place UNB by just 2 points (see standings and remaining games bel0w). Acadia, which led by 10 early and then came all the way back from an 11 point, third-quarter deficit, got 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists from 6’3″ point guard Ben Miller but Axemen generally struggled taking care of the ball with 23 turnovers. Saint Mary’s shot 10 for 17 as a team from three, led by 4-7 from Clayton (23 points, 6 assists). 6’5″ Theon Reefer, also celebrating the final home game of his career, led all scorers with 25 points while fellow fifth-year senior 6’5″ Brian Rouse had 15 in the victory. Huskies have six points remaining on the table and play at Dalhousie next Friday night before closing their season at Cape Breton for a pair of games on the final weekend of the AUS season. Axemen missed a chance at mathematically clinching sixth place in the AUS but with UPEI’s loss to Memorial, their magic number sits at two – a loss today by the Panthers in St. John’s will officially clinch an Acadia tournament spot.
Memorial 106, UPEI 92… 6’2″ Daniel Gordon and 6’9″ Vasilije Curcic combined to shoot 13 for 23 from beyond the arc and together key a game-deciding 16-4 run late in the third that gave the Seahawks a 19 point lead as Memorial broke a two-game losing streak in the first of two this weekend against the Panthers in St. John’s. Gordon went 8 for 14 from distance including four in the final 12 minutes of play when the valuable sixth man had 17 of his game-high 33 points. Curcic authored a 25-point, 12 rebound double double including 14 points in the final 12 minutes, going 5 for 9 from three overall. Seahawks finished 18 for 34 from three as a group. 6’2″ Tyler Scott led the Panthers with 22 points on 8-18 shooting but went just 1-7 from distance while 6’8″ Dut Dut had another double double with 16 points and 10 boards and remains among the leaders in AUS rebounding. The teams meet again this afternoon in St. Johns’.
UNB 99, St.FX 86… Varsity Reds shot a blistering 66% in the second half, pulling away early in the fourth quarter to defeat the X-Men and pad their lead for second place in the AUS. 6’5″ Jamaal Potopsingh, returning after missing a pair of games last weekend, finished with a game-high 27 points for UNB while 6’0″ Javon Masters showed his ankle injury is properly healed with 13 of his 23 points in the third quarter, adding 6 assists in the game. X-Men, which had it to as close as 5 with 5 minutes remaining, got their usual sterling effort from 6’7″ Kevin Bercy who had 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists but X shot just 6-17 from 3, making just 2 of their final 8 from distance and were outrebounded 32-22. But the story was V-Reds hot second-half shooting in the first of two between these two teams with the second game going at 5:30 PM AT today.
AUS games today:
UPEI at Memorial 2 PM NST/12:30 ET; St. FX at UNB 5:30 AST/4:30 PM ET.
Dalhousie 13-4, 36 points (3 games: SAINT MARY’S, ACADIA, UPEI (4 pt))
UNB 11-6, 32 points (3 games: ST.FX, at St.fx, CAPE BRETON (4 pt))
Saint Mary’s 11-6, 30 points (3 games: at Dal, at Cape Breton (2x, 2 pt games))
Memorial 10-7, 26 points (3 games: UPEI, at Acadia (2 x 4 point games))
St. FX 8-8, 26 points (4 games: at UNB, at Acadia (4 pt), UNB, UPEI)
Acadia 8-8, 22 points (4 games: ST.FX (4 pt), at Dal, MEMORIAL (2 x 4 points games))
UPEI 5-11, 12 points (4 games: at Memorial, CBU (4 pt), at Dal (4 pt), at St.Fx)
Cape Breton 0-16, 0 points (at UNB (4 pt), at UPEI (4 pt), SAINT MARY’S (2 x 2 pt.))