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MUN men looking for first win as they host SMU

Memorial Sea-Hawks men's basketball coach Peter Benoite is concerned his team still can't seem to put together a complete game.

That, he says, has to stop.

That's probably because he knows what his team faces this weekend against the Saint Mary's Huskies.

Memorial Sea-Hawks men's basketball coach Peter Benoite is concerned his team still can't seem to put together a complete game.

That, he says, has to stop.

That's probably because he knows what his team faces this weekend against the Saint Mary's Huskies.

"Any Ross Quackenbush team is going to be capable of beating any team in the league," said Benoite, whose team is looking for its first win of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) season after four straight losses.

The Sea-Hawks and the Huskies tip off 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Field House.

"Our biggest problem," said Benoite, "has been trying to put together a full 40 minutes. We've had flashes of brilliance at times, but we haven't been able to keep it together for the full game. Once we start doing that, I feel we will be a very tough team to beat.

"I would like to see that sooner than later ... but the process is the process.

"They (the Huskies) are not billed as a top team this year, but they are always dangerous," noted the second-year MUN head coach, "and their top five is probably as good as any teams' top five in the league.

"They are definitely in the upper tier of the league."

Memorial has given up 337 points in four games. Only the 0-4 University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds have more points against, at 355, so the Sea-Hawk' defence will be tested this weekend.

"We'll have to find away to contain both (Joey) Haywood (20.3 ppg) and (Mark) McLaughlin (17.3 ppg)," said Benoite. "They've been scoring a lot for them and are two of the best players in the league, so we'll have our work cut out for us."

"With (Ikeobi) Uchegbu (6.8 rpg, six-foot-five forward), they are big inside and he rebounds aggressively."

"Keeping (SMU) off the boards will be critical for us," said Benoite. "But I'm a little worried about (Jack) Gallinaugh and (Mike) Poole, who can shoot the ball well. If we focus too much on their top two guys, those other two can burn us. We'll have to be solid defensively all around."

SMU is fourth in team scoring with 84 ppg., slightly less than third-place Cape Breton (84.5 ppg). Memorial rates ahead of only last-place UNB at 71.8 ppg. MUN is last in offensive rebounds and seventh in defensive rebounds.

Saint Mary's leads the league in points scored with 336, although the Huskies have played two more games than the Cape Breton Capers, St. Francis Xavier X-Men and UPEI Panthers and one more than the Dalhousie Tigers and Acadia Axemen at this point in the season.

Benoite still sees his team as a work in process.

"We are getting comfortable with our guys now," said the MUN mentor. "We tell all our guys that anyone can start, but we need guys who can finish."

"We are making too many mistakes down the stretch now and we need to clean that up in order to get to the next level.

Rookie Mike Helsby leads the Sea-Hawks in scoring with a 14.3 points-per-game average, followed by second-year Steven Earles at 13.8 ppg.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, Atlantic University Sport, Field House University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Dalhousie Tigers

Geographic location: Saint Mary, Cape Breton

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    November 03, 2013 - 17:45

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