In a nail- biting finish yesterday, the UNB men’s basketball team saw their fifth win of the season and a longstanding AUS record fall at the hands of Javon Masters.
The team entered the game against St. Mary’s University with all wins and no losses so far this season. In the preseason, UNB beat SMU at a score of 80-75 during the Eric Garland Tournament.
The Reds struggled to get their shots to fall throughout the first half, plagued with tough bounces and challenges on rebounds. The team was set to enter the second half at a deficit of 47-30 with the Huskies gaining momentum. AUS point leader Javon Masters was at just 10 points at this time.
“We know that we’re a quick team, we get up and down the floor really well, so no we didn’t want to be down 17 at all, but we know that when we keep chipping away we can run teams out,” said fifth year Dylan Baker who was unphased by the gap leading into the later stages of the game.
UNB was able to outscore the Huskies 53-25 in the later stages of the game to assert their win against the number four team in the league. The final score of 83-72 was largely due to the contribution of fifth year and All Canadian first team player Javon Masters, with a total of 37 points.
“St. Mary’s is always a difficult team, especially when we play here, and for us to get down grinding out a big win here at the homburg center and get ready for tomorrow it means a lot,” said Masters. “For me I know the first half wasn’t really what we wanted but coach Baker got us into the room and he told us to really buckle down.”
On his contribution, Masters said, “My shot wasn’t falling really in the first half, but as soon as I saw a couple get to the rim…I knew that any time I put the ball up it was probably going to go in.”
This high scoring game for Masters was enough to push the athlete past the former AUS record for all time career points set by UPEI’s Curtis Robinson in the 1995-1996 season with 2,069 points. Masters has reset that record to 2,072 with still more games remaining in the season.
“I’m just overjoyed—I mean, a record that’s been here for a while, especially in the AUS, it means a lot,” said Masters. “For me to break the record that Curtis Robinson set is amazing but we have some unfinished business trying to get another win tomorrow.”
The Varsity Reds meet SMU again today at the Homburg Center for the second game of their double header.