Photo Credit: Sarah Badibanga
FREDERICTON: The UNB Varsity Reds defeated the visiting SMU Huskies by a score of 89-86.
First quarter the action heated up with UNB's Masters proving his recent CIS player of the week status, scoring six points off-the-bat to put his team in the lead, 7-2. SMU's Theon Reefer responded with a monstrous slam dunk, followed by a jump-shot of his own to move two closer, 10-8. Two quick three-pointers from UNB's Will McFee expanded the V-Reds lead, 20-11 while Dylan Baker closed out the opening quarter with a jump shot keeping UNB in the lead, 24-13.
The final half started with Reefer scoring back-to-back-to-back baskets for the Huskies catching up, 52-42. Masters answered back for the V-Reds with back-to-back three-point plays of his own, extending the lead 60-46. Three-point shooting continued to be a strong suit for UNB with big Jordan Irvine adding another triple from beyond the arc. Score after three quarters 68-58 for UNB.
Coach Brent Baker thought that the V-Reds ability to maintain the lead was what gave them the edge, saying. "They (SMU) are a very athletic team, a very strong shooting team, that 10 point cushion was really the difference, it gave us that bit of leeway."