Memorial Sea-Hawks led from start to finish in putting together a solid 40 minutes of play to defeat University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds 100-95 in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) men’s basketball Sunday afternoon at the Field House.
The Sea-Hawks, who lost 71-58 to the Varsity Reds Saturday, improved to 2-6 on the season while UNB fell to 4-4.
“We’ve been having a hard time putting a whole game together so far this season,” said the usually reliable Jason Shepherd who led MUN with 30 points, including five treys and seven assists.
Memorial enjoyed an 11-point lead — their biggest of the game — with 3:42 left only to have UNB climb to within two points at 95-93 with 25 seconds to play. However, MUN made five of six free throws to seal the deal.
Mark Woodland sank a trio of three-pointers while finishing with 25 points for the winners. Robbie Habib chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds,
“We knew they were going to have a comeback, but fought them off and won the game,” said Shepherd.
“It was a full team effort and this was a huge win for us because UNB and ourselves are in the playoff hunt. It was kind of disappointing getting just the one win, but we needed these two points,” Shepherd added.
MUN coach Peter Benoite was well satisfied with his team’s performance to start the new year.
“We controlled the game today which is good. They (UNB) had their runs, but we were able to hold them back,” Benoite noted.
Benoite said there were a couple of mistakes but overall “our focus was much better.”
The MUN coach said Shepherd had a great first half going seven-for nine from the field and led the team with 18 points before adding another 12 in the second half.
“Mark (Woodland) stepped up in the second half, Robbie (Habib) came through and I thought Will (Bradbury) did a great job for us. He’s been struggling shooting wise, but he created some plays and Justin (Alliman) was playing super for us on the rebounds,” said Benoite.