(Halifax, N.S.)—The StFX X-Men defeated the Siant Mary's Huskies 85-83 Friday night in AUS men's basketball action from the Homburg Centre.
Kevin Bercy (Kanata, Ont.) led all scorers with 26 points and 17 rebounds in the victory.
The 6-foot-7 power forward had 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, as the X-Men trailed Saint Mary's by four points heading into the final frame, 61-57.
The X-Men went on a 13-0 run in under four minutes and built a 70-61 lead in the final frame.
The Huskies scored their first points of the quarter on a lay-up 4:16 into frame, then proceeded on a 10-3 run in 81 seconds and tied the game 73-73.
Both teams had 5-0 runs and remained tied at 78-78.
Two foul-shots and a jumper by StFX had the X-Men up 82-78 with 2:07 left in the game.
A Saint Mary's three-pointer had the Huskies within one, 82-81 with 1:02 to play.
Bercy's final point came on a free-throw with 48 seconds left, putting the X-Men up 83-81.
Marquis Clayton (Halifax, N.S.) tied the game on two foul-shots, 83-83 with 32 seconds left.
Cameron Walker (Dallas, Texas) hit his baseline jumper with 13 seconds left, giving St. Francis Xavier the lead, 85-83 as the Huskies called timeout.
The Huskies had two good looks at the net and came up short as StFX held-on for the 85-83 win.
Saint Mary's led 18-12 after 10 minutes and StFX used a 28-17 second quarter score to take a 40-35 halftime lead and the third quarter saw SMU outscore StFX 26-17 in the frame.
Julius Antoine (Woodbridge, Ont.) added 19 points for StFX, who improve to 8-6 with 26 conference points.
Walker finished with 14 points and Tristen Ross (Truro, N.S.) had 13 off the X-Men bench.
Brian Rouse (Mississauga, Ont.) had 24 points for Saint Mary's, who drop to 10-6 and have 28 conference points.
StFX trails the U Sports No. 10 Dalhousie by two points in the standings and the X-Men host the 11-4 Tigers February 7th in a four-point game.
Up next for Saint Mary's is a February 11th home game versus the 7-7 Acadia Axemen.
Tip-off for both games is 8 p.m.
Souce, Dominic Nolasco SMU Communications
Photo Nick Pearce