Make it six straight wins for the UNB Varsity Reds men’s basketball team.
The V-Reds extended their winning streak with back-to-back to wins at Acadia University this past weekend. On Friday, UNB hung on for a 79-74 win while on Saturday the team registered a come-from-behind 77-67 victory.
The wins give UNB a 12-3 record on the season, placing them first in the Atlantic University Sport standings with 32 points. They are six points ahead of second-place UPEI, the team they will host on Saturday night at the Richard J. Currie Center.
In Friday’s game, Javon Masters led the Reds in scoring with 20 points. Will McFee, despite going 0-5 from downtown, recorded 15. As a team, UNB, typically a strong three-point shooting squad, hit just 22.2 per cent of their shots from beyond the arc.
The game remained close throughout with Acadia leading 22-21 at the end of the first quarter. A three-point shot from Masters gave the V-Reds a 10-point lead with 2:40 to go in the second quarter. At halftime, UNB was up 40-35.
The Reds were up by 10 again at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth, Acadia chipped away at the V-Reds’ lead and tied the game at 67-67 with 5:18 to go. Down the stretch, Masters and McFee made some key shots to give UNB a five-point win.
On Saturday, Masters posted a game high 34 points to give him a league best 25.8 points per game. Acadia was up 33-25 at halftime and 50-43 at the end of the third. UNB had a huge fourth quarter though, recording 34 points to win by 10.
Meanwhile, the Varsity Reds women’s basketball team split their pair of games at Acadia. On Friday, the Axewomen earned just their second win of the season with a 77-72 win over UNB. On Saturday, the Reds women got some revenge with a 58-55 victory.
UNB got behind early in Friday’s game, trailing 22-10 at the end of the first. The Reds had a better second quarter and were down by just four, 39-35, at halftime.
The Axewomen started to pull away in the third and led 64-51. In the fourth, UNB put up 21 points but lost by five.
Kiley DeLong led the Reds in scoring with 16 points and nine rebounds. UNB had a strong game from three-point land, hitting 50 per cent of their shots.
In Saturday’s game, UNB hit just 16.7 per cent of three-point shots but earned a hard fought three-point win. The game remained close throughout with neither team able to pull away by more than a few points. A couple of late jump shots guided the Reds to victory.
Grace Wade led UNB in scoring with 15 points. DeLong had 10 rebounds.
The Varsity Reds, 7-8 on the year, host the UPEI Panthers on Saturday at 6 p.m.