(HALIFAX, N.S.)—In what was surely a cross-town classic on Saturday night, the Dalhousie Tigers outscored the Saint Mary's Huskies 16-8 in overtime and defeated Saint Mary's 93-85 in Atlantic University Sport men's basketball action from the Homburg Centre.
Nikita Kasongo (Chateauguay, QC) recorded a double-double for SMU with 23 points and 10 assists in the loss.
Dalhousie led 17-16 after 10 minutes and SMU used a 19-13 second quarter score to regain their lead at halftime, 35-30.
The Tigers used a 22-19 third quarter score to trim SMU's lead to two, 54-52 after thirty minutes.
No team led by more than three points in the fourth quarter, as both teams traded baskets and lead changes.
A Johneil Johnson (Lake Echo, NS) layup with 58 seconds left gave SMU a 75-72 lead.
Two free throws by Dal's Xavier Ochu (Milton, ON) and a Sascha Kappos (Miami, Florida) three-point play with nine seconds left gave the Tigers a 77-75 lead.
A SMU timeout advanced the ball to midcourt where Travis Adams (Halifax, NS) scored a layup underneath the basket, tying to game at 77-77 with four seconds left.
Dal's final shot hit the rim as both teams headed to overtime.
A quick 5-0 Dal run in overtime saw the Tigers lead 82-77 with 3:32 left in OT before an 11-8 run down the stretch closed out the game for Dal as the Tigers won 93-85 win.
Dal, ranked number two in the land by U Sports, improves to 3-0 on the year while SMU falls to 1-3 in conference play.
Keevan Veinot (Port Williams) and Kappos each finished with 20 points apiece to pace Dal while Jordan Wilson (Nassau, Bahamas) had 12 points off the bench.
Both teams return to action next week as Saint Mary's hosts StFX on November 13th while Dal travels to UPEI November 15-16 weekend.
Dominic Nolasco, SMU
Photo Mona Ghiz