Top-ranked SMU tops Axewomen 86-58; Deus has 25 in loss
The Acadia basketball Axemen picked up a key four points in the standings on the road, holding off the Saint Mary‚Äôs Huskies 75-74 Tuesday evening in Halifax.
A pair of Owen Klassen free throws with 9.8 seconds left on the clock were the winning points for Acadia. SMU got off a last-second shot, but it was off the mark.
Klassen led the way with 25 points and 12 rebounds for Acadia, which held a 19-8 lead after one quarter.
The Huskies, however, wouldn‚Äôt go away, winning the second quarter 20-17 and the third 26-15 for a 54-51 lead after 30 minutes. Not to be denied, the Axemen, led by Klassen, won the fourth quarter 24-20.
Acadia also got strong performances from Anthony Ashe (12 points), Anthony Sears (11 points) and Kyle Arseneault (10 points). As a team, the Axemen shot 43.5 per cent, made 11 of 27 three-point attempts and were 10 for 14 from the foul line.
Brian Rouse led a balanced scoring attack for Saint Mary‚Äôs with 16 points off the bench. Marquis Clayton added 13, Theon Reefer and Terrence Taylor 12, Harry Ezenibe 11 and Boyd Vassell 10.
With the four-point win, the Axemen improved to 10-3 on the season and solidified their hold on first place, moving eight points ahead of UPEI, Saint Mary‚Äôs and St. F.X. who were all tied for second with 22 points. The Huskies fell to 9-5.
In the women‚Äôs game, Acadia got an outstanding performance from Aprille Deus, but it wasn‚Äôt nearly enough as the top-ranked Huskies improved to 14-0 with an 86-58 win, dropping the Axewomen season record to 4-9.
Acadia led 17-13 after one quarter, but Saint Mary‚Äôs put the game away with an 18-7 second and a 32-15 third before winning the fourth quarter 23-19.
Deus led all scorers with 25 points on 10 of 15 shooting, including five of seven threes, and added three assists and two steals.
Abbey Duinker added 15 points and seven rebounds for Acadia, and Maire Burke chipped in five points and a team-high nine boards.
Justine Colley led the Huskies with 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Emily Jameson added 14 points, Rachelle Coward 12 and Carlie Nugent 11.
The Acadia teams travel to UNB this weekend for a pair of games each with the Varsity Reds, Friday at 6 and 8 p.m. and Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.