MUN men hang tough against SMU

John Browne
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Sea-Hawks lose twice, but show potential against nationally seeded Huskies

They’ve nothing to show for it in the win column, but, for the first time in years, the Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s basketball team looks to have some genuine potential.

MUN Sea-Hawks men's basketball coach Peter Benoite

The Sea-Hawks were beaten 83-71 by the eighth-ranked Saint Mary’s Huskies in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference action Sunday following an 81-67 setback Saturday night at the Field House.

Caleb Gould, who led the Sea-Hawks with 16 points, feels Memorial is in for a good year, even if they couldn’t handle SMU at home this weekend in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) play.

“We found out we can bang with anyone in this conference,” said Gould, who sat with ice packs on both knees following the game while he cut off tape from his bloodied left ankle.                                

“I think we learned if we just play aggressive on D and run our sets we can hang with anyone and eventually we’ll get our Ws.”

Gould said SMU turned it up to “another level” late in both games and added, “We’ve got to learn to handle that pressure and stay with them when that happens.”

He said the team could also learn to focus on getting the ball down low and open it up for shooters instead of just taking outside shots all of the time.”

Memorial got to within three points of SMU with five minutes left in the third quarter, but that’s as close as they would get the rest of the way.

It didn’t help MUN’s cause that Curcic fouled out with six minutes to play and Alpha Kisusi picked up his fifth foul with four and a half minutes on the clock.

“We’ve got a team this year,” said Memorial coach Peter Benoite after Sunday’s game.

“We’ve got pieces in each position and we’ve got guys who want to compete…guys who want to change the program around and are working to change the program around.

“When we get that effort, we’ll be in games like this,” he added.

On Saturday, Kisusi led MUN with 18 points as the Sea-Hawks came out strong from the start of the game and were even with SMU at the half.

The Huskies pulled away with a 38-13 advantage in the third quarter.

Memorial is at Cape Breton Capers next weekend.

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Saint Mary

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