In tonight's basketball action at the Richard J. Currie Center theVarsity Reds dropped a tight game 70-65 to the Dalhousie Tigers.
The opening quarter got underway with Dalhousie taking the early lead with help from some solid under-the-net play by Devon Steadman building an initial 9-2 lead. UNB's Will McFee answered back for the Varsity Reds with a shot from long distance clawing back to 14-9. UNB got into some foul trouble sending Tigers to the foul line and ending the quarter trailing by seven – 22-15.
The Varsity Reds started the second quarter strong with McFee driving to the net and sending a no-look pass right into the hands of Dylan Baker draining two points. The Tigers continued to press, forcing UNB to take some unwanted fouls; at the end of the half the V-Reds still trailed by seven - 27-36.
The second half cracked off with a long distance marker from UNB's McFee keeping the pace, trailing 33-42. The play heated as Matt Daley stole the ball from a Dal player and dished it off to Jordan Irving, making the jump-shot and closing in 51-53. Alec Parise also made his presence known coming up with 10 points on the night and pulling down five defensive rebounds.
Masters tied the game up for UNB at 53-53 with a lay-up off the fast break which energed the entire building. Irving made an in-tight basket under the net to give the V-Reds their first lead of the game, 58-56. Simon Marr added a long three for the Tigers, maintaining the intense play to trail the V-Reds 60-59. After exchanging free throws during the final minutes the Tigers took the victory 70-65.
The next action for the Varsity Reds men's and women's basketball teams is on January 18th and 19th as they travel to Memorial University of Newfoundland for a pair of games each – watch www.AUStv.ca for live action.
Javon Masters 18 pts
Will McFee 11 pts – 1 offensive 2 defensive rebounds
Alec Parise 10 pts – 5 defensive rebounds
Simon Marr 17 pts - 2 offensive 4 defensive rebounds
Devon Stedman 14 pts - 2 offensive 7 defensive rebounds
Score by Periods 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Dalhousie Tigers.............. 22 14 17 17 - 70
UNB Varsity Reds.............. 15 12 24 14 - 65
Tom Wilson for UNB Sports Information