(HALIFAX, N.S.)—The Saint Mary's Huskies opened their 2018-19 season with an 89-85 victory Thursday night over the visiting Acadia Axemen in Atlantic University Sport men's basketball action from the Homburg Centre.
The Huskies, ranked 7th by U Sports fell behind 18-15 after 10 minutes before exploding for thirty points in the second quarter and led 44-35 at half.
Acadia outscored the Huskies 22-21 in the third quarter and trimmed SMU's cushion to eight points, 65-57 after thirty minutes.
The final frame saw Acadia score 28 points with Jacques Lukusa (Ottawa, ON) adding nine of his 19 points in the quarter.
Saint Mary's managed 24 points with Johneil Johnson (Lake Echo, NS) scoring 11 of his 17 points in the frame as SMU held on for the 89-85 victory.
Trevon Grant (Nassau, Bahamas) and Nikita Kasongo (Chateauguay, PQ) each scored 20 points apiece for their respective universities. Kasongo was named Subway Player of the Game.
Grant added 10 rebounds for a double-double for Acadia while Ben Miller (Winnipeg, MB) chipped in 12 points and Junior Moaku-Matia (Hamilton, ON) had 11.
Saint Mary's and Acadia will meet again on Saturday night at the Homburg Centre at 8 p.m.
Dominic Nolasco, SMU Communications
Photo, Mona Ghiz