Memorial Sea-Hawks' forward Christian Somerton(54) moves the ball up the floor during their AUS men's basketball game against the St. Francis Xavier Axemen at the Field House in St. John's on Sunday. St. FX won 94-68. Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
The St. Francis Xavier X-Men went on a 14-0 run to start the second half on their way to a 94-68 win over Memorial Sea-Hawks in Atlantic universities men's basketball Sunday afternoon at the Field House.
Sunday's loss was the fourth straight for the Sea-Hawks (2-8). St. Francis (9-1) won the series opener 71-60 Saturday night.
Memorial coach Peter Benoite said, "X stepped up their game today (Sunday). We re talking about a team that was ranked as high as third in the country (now No.5)."
"They didn't play their A game Saturday night and it was unfortunate we weren't able to get the win. The opportunity was their for us to steal one," said Benoite
"Today (Sunday) I thought we played well, but X is a team of runs and we just didn't handle it when they put the pressure on," Benoite added.
Jason Shepherd was Memorial's top performer with 20 points, five assists and three steals.
St. Francis' roster includes Corner Brook native Chad Warren who is in his second year with the fifth-ranked X-Men.
Warren had six points, six rebounds, five steals and two assists in 27 minutes of work over the two games.
According to St. Francis coach Steve Konchalski, Warren has been playing very well.
"His development from his first to second year has been excellent," said Konchalski. "He put in a hard summer of work at St. FX and you can see the results on the court. He's playing with a lot more confidence."
Warren, a six-foot-five forward, says that confidence comes from a little more experience.
"Your first year is always shaky, but when you come back for your second year things are a lot easier because you are used to the system and everything. The year under you belt really helps," he said.
St. Francis is a tough team to make and Warren said he's had to work hard to earn his spot.
"We've got a lot of talent on this team," he said.
As far as the difference in the two weekend games, Warren said, "MUN works hard and today (Sunday), we worked as hard as they did."
The second-year physiology major was recruited by Memorial University but he decided on St. Francis after visiting the school in Antigonish, N.S.
"It's a really good program with a lot of tradition and I just wanted to be part of that."
Memorial came out strong in Saturday's game and led 16-9 after the first quarter. However they couldn't keep up the pace. Christian Somerton led Memorial with 14 points off the bench and 16 rebounds.
MUN plays at the University of New Brunswick (0-9) next weekend.
St. Francis 94, MUN 68
Jason Shepherd 20, pts., 5 asst.
Steven Earles, 8
Mark Woodland, 8
Ryan McCluskey, 7
Tyler Richards, 20
St. FX 52.3
St. FX 36
St. FX 16-22
St. FX 16
St. Francis 71, MUN 60
Christian Somerton, 14 pts., 16 reb.
Jason Shepherd, 12
George English, 9
Steven Earles, 8
Robbie Habib, 7
Tyler Richards, 25
St. FX 40
St. FX 16-21
St. FX 35
St. FX 15