By John DeCoste
The Saint Mary’s Huskies had just seven healthy players for last Wednesday’s matchup with Acadia in Wolfville, but it turned out they were the right seven.
Sparked by 21 points from Tory Fassett, the Huskies did what they had to do, keeping Acadia off balance much of the game with stingy defence and opportunistic offence to score a 70-61 win.
The teams were tied 14-14 after one quarter and 30-30 at the half before Saint Mary’s won the third quarter 23-19 and the fourth 17-12 to prevail by nine points. The Huskies’ lead at the final buzzer was the largest of the game for either team.
In marked contrast to the women’s game that preceded it, the more than 800 fans in attendance saw a men’s game with little flow, which ended up being to the advantage of the short-staffed Huskies.
Acadia shot just 37.5 per cent from the floor, made just six-of-23 three-pointers and shot themselves in the foot again and again, committing 24 turnovers.
At times, the Huskies weren’t much better – Saint Mary’s had 19 turnovers and went 7-of-25 from three-point range – but in the end, Fassett’s 21 points, 17 (including five threes) by Miguel Pink, 12 from Jerome Smith and 11 from Riley Halpin proved to be enough to win.
Anthony Ashe finished with 14 points and Anthony Sears and Owen Klassen 13 apiece for Acadia, but all three have had better outings this season.
Acadia fell to 3-4 on the season with the loss, and into a four-way tie for second place in the standings pending the result of their game this past Saturday at UNB.
This coming weekend, the Axemen are in St. John’s for a pair of games against the Memorial Sea~Hawks before returning home to host the Dalhousie Tigers Jan. 27.