Sunday, 7 November 2010

St. FX 97, Saint Mary's 84

Solidifying the notion that they are the early season favorites for the AUS regular season crown, the X-Men scored the final 12 points of the third quarter, part of a 26-7 run starting with 5 minutes gone in the second half to hand the Huskies their second consecutive AUS regular season loss.

After 6'5" Torey Fassett gave the Huskies a 57-53 lead on a putback early in the third, X Coach Steve Konchalski reinserted 6'9" Alberto Rodriquez, who missed much of the first half with 2 fouls and then sat down again early in the third after sustaining his third foul on a close block/charge call.  Up to then, Saint Mary's had their way on the offensive glass, erasing a 7 point early second quarter deficit, led by 6'1" Joey Haywood (16 first-half points) and 5'11" newcomer Jerome Smith (14 first-half points).  With Rodriquez asserting himself inside and X going away from a dribble/drive offense that was well defended, 6'5" Jeremy Dunn went to work, finally giving X a 60-59 lead with a three off a pick-and-pop and the X-Men were on their way.

Later 6'0" Charlie Spurr knocked down a long 3 from the right baseline, Dunn followed his own miss with a putback and then X got 2 shots and the ball after a silly intentional foul by SMU's 6'7" Korey Cobb about 90 feet away from the X basket.  X's 5'9" fifth-year point guard Will Silver was instrumental in the run as well with a couple of big rebounds on the offensive glass in among the trees and some nice finds offensively.  Silver's tip-in early in the fourth gave X their largest lead at 79-64.

...More to follow.

In other action, Cape Breton came back from being down 1 at the half to defeat Memorial 85-71 in St. John's.

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