- Dalhousie 88, Acadia 85 — Simon Farine pretty much exhausts all the superlatives after going off for 45 points and six assists (in other words, he accounted for close to 60 points) to avenge the Tigers' loss to Acadia in the AUS semi-final last season.
The AUS seems to lend itself to gaudy individual performances. Acadia's rookie guard Casey Fox scored 32 points (shooting 11-of-20) before fouling out, which no doubt put a major damper on the Axemen's upset hopes, while sixth man Peter Leighton had 20 in 27 minutes. All in all, sounds like it was a fun game to watch.
Dalhousie is 1-3 vs. Cape Breton this season, including a 38-point defeat just three weeks ago. One crazy, late-night thought that probably shouldn't be shared is that if Dal had come fourth, they would have faced UPEI, whom they're 2-0 against, and possibly set up a rematch with St. FX, who it beat a couple weeks ago. It's a silly notion, since you have to beat the best eventually.
- UPEI 79, Saint Mary's 70 — Panthers point man Jonathan Cooper, going by the stat sheet, was huge in helping UPEI knock off a Halifax team on the Metro Centre floor. He had 16 points (eight on last-minute free throws) and five assists and directed an offence which had only 10 turnovers. Meantime, the Panthers pressured the Huskies' 1-2 punch of Joey "King Handles" Haywood and Mark McLaughlin into forcing some shots, putting up a combined 48 to score their 44 points (22 each).
One beneficiary of Cooper's largesse was fifth-year guard Nick Toews (17 points on 6-of-9). Gamaliel Rose's all-around night (14 points, 14 rebounds, four steals, two blocks) also helped send SMU packing. Andrew Black, whose CIS career was also extended at least 24 hours by the win, hooped 19 points, including six during a 12-0 fourth quarter run (Chad Lucas' game story is already up).
UPEI lost to St. FX by 46 points in October and by double digits in two subsequent meetings, both before Cooper took over at the 1-spot. With the distractions X has had ... throw this out to anyone down East, is there potential for an upset?
Basketball: AUS Final 6; Farine fires off 45 for Dal
St. FX, trying to get back to the Final 8 without suspended Tyler Richards, will face UPEI in its semi-final on Friday, while Cape Breton draws Dalhousie: