HALIFAX, N.S. – Johneil Johnson (Lake Echo, NS) poured in 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Qyemah Gibson (Nassau, Bahamas) notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds of his own, but the SMU men's basketball team fell to UNB, 76-72, Saturday night at the Homburg Centre.
SMU trailed 66-56 after thirty minutes and opened the fourth with a long two-pointer, cutting down UNB's lead to single-digits. A Reds' jump shot and a SMU three-pointer saw Saint Mary's trail 68-61. The Huskies used a quick 4-2 run to pull with in five, 70-65 with 4:23 left in the fourth.
Another 5-1 run saw SMU trail 71-70 with 2:31 remaining. UNB answered back with a jump shot and led 73-70 with 2:07 left. Saint Mary's last attempt came up short and were forced to foul the Reds. UNB held on for the 76-72 win.
UNB led 27-16 after 10 minutes and 48-30 at half.
Point guard Daniel Pitcher (Sydney, Australia) paced the Reds with 22 points and six assists while Matur Maluach (Sydney, Australia) added 14 points.
UNB's Ibrahima Doumbouya (Calgary, AB) had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds while Markus Masters (Kitchener, ON) also had 13.
UNB improves to 7-5 in Atlantic University Sport action while SMU drops to 5-6 in conference play.
The Reds return to the road Jan. 24 for an 8 p.m. matchup against Acadia while the Huskies return to action Wednesday, Jan. 22 to host the Dal Tigers at 8 p.m.
Dominico Nolasco, SMU
Photo Nick Pearce