Saturday, 3 November 2007

A Complete Look at Saturday's Non-Conference Action

St. FX (6-4) 81, #5 St. Mary's (9-2) 70 The X-Men exploded in the fourth quarter, led by 6'8" tournament MVP Islam Toledo's 27 points including a pair of big 3's during a 33-14 explosion in the final frame, to propell St. FX to their tournament championship. The X-Men went with a "small ball" approach, putting 5'10" Will Silver in at the point and it seemed to light a fire under Toledo, 6'2" tournament all-star Tyler Richards (16 points, many coming down the stretch) and 5'10" Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw, another tournament all-star who went 3-6 from 3, finishing with 23 points. 6'3" Dwayne Johnson also did his part, creating off the dribble and getting to the foul line as X quickly erased an 8 point deficit after 3 quarters with transition scores and an all-out attack on the offensive glass, resulting a meltdown by the Huskies. 6'0" tournament all-star Shane Morrison showed his tremendous strength and explosiveness around the rim, finishing with 23 points and 8 rebounds from his guard spot while 6'5" Aaron Duncan, who was also named to the tournament all-star team had 16 points. 6'6" Derrick Coleman, who is rounding into form after a couple of years away from competitive basketball, had 13 points for St. Mary's, who played without 6'5" Ike Uchegbu, out with a leg injury. The win over one of Canada's top teams was a tremendous, confidence-booster for the young X-Men as they look forward to their AUS season-opener this Thursday night in Halifax where they will meet the resurgent Dalhousie Tigers at Dalplex. St. Mary's opens the AUS regular season on Wednesday night, travelling to Wolfville to face #6 Acadia. St. FX/St. Mary's Box Score

Cape Breton (6-3) 67, UPEI (1-10) 57 The Capers took over in the third quarter, extending a five point 32-27 halftime lead to as many as 18 midway through the fourth to claim the consolation championship at the St. FX tournament. Cape Breton was able to empty their bench with 5 minutes remaining to cruise to the win. Eric Breland once again led the way for Cape Breton with 22 points and 12 rebounds and was named a tournament all-star. Freshman Tremaine Fraser had 11 points in 31 minutes of play while Mike Cruikshank came off the bench to 4-5 for 9 points including a couple of big shots in the second half. The Panthers were without their excellent combination guard Brent McLaren, who played last night against X but did not play this evening, travelling home to B.C. for a family function. 6'3" Andrew Black, a transfer from Seneca College, showed he is starting to get comfortable with AUS basketball, working in and around the paint for 19 points and 14 rebounds, while 6'3" sophomore Jon Cooper added 17 points for the Panthers. Black was also named to the tournament all-star team. The Capers again played without 6'4" Paul Blake, out with a hamstring injury and questionable for next weekend when the Capers begin their AUS regular season with a pair of games in St. John's, NFLD Saturday night and Sunday afternoon against Memorial. The Panthers host the UNB Varsity Reds for a pair of afternoon games next Saturday and Sunday. Cape Breton/UPEI Box Score

Utah State 100, Laval 46 Les Rouge et Or, playing their third game in three nights against a well-rested Utah State team, trailed only 11-9 after 6 minutes after a three-pointer by 6'7" J.P. Morin. From there, senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll took over for the Aggies, scoring 18 points including 3-3 from downtown, part of a 31-8 run, as the Aggies broke it open early. Carroll finished with 32 points while Xavier Barbeau led Laval with 11 and J.F. Beaulieu adding 10. Game Report and Utah State/Laval Box Score Laval opens their QSSF season at Bishop's in Lennoxville on Friday night and then hosts the McGill Redmen on Saturday at home at Ste-Foy.

SUNY Brockport 97, Ryerson 90 The Golden Eagles, ranked #3 in the pre-season NCAA Division III polls, defeated the Rams in Brockport, New York this evening.

Toronto 79, Daemen College 67 After last night's triple overtime track meet in which both teams hit the century mark, the Blues slowed the game down and took advantage of a big size advantage as three Varsity bigs hit double figures. Toronto also played a lot of zone, working their way to a 14 point halftime lead against a Daemen team that was less energetic than Friday night. 6'6" freshman Drazen Glizic had the second solid performance of his young career, finishing with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks while another newcomer to the rotation 6'7" Andrew "Don't Call Me Marek" Wasik led all scorers with 20 points on 10-12 shooting. Another forward 6'5" Ahmed Nazmi, had 10 points, 9 rebounds for the Blues, who open their season next Friday night at home against the Waterloo Warriors.

St. John Fisher College 59, Waterloo 51 This afternoon in Rochester, NY, the Cardinals defeated Waterloo by 8. The Warriors will face U of T and Ryerson next weekend in Toronto as their OUA season begins.

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