Saint Mary’s Takes Care of UNB at The Tower Behind Fassett-Rouse Scoring Duo
Saint Mary’s (SMU):
Tory Fassett – 29 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists
Brian Rouse – 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Miguel Pink – 15 points, 3 assists, 3 steals
New Brunswick (UNB)
Daniel Quirion – 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists
HALIFAX, NS–The Tower can be a tough place to play, and the UNB Varsity Reds learned the hard way. A nearly packed St. Mary’s Tower was excited to see their Huskies play in their first home game of the AUS season. This was the Huskies fifth game of the season and so far there have been some early struggles. The Huskies came home on a three game losing streak and if they ever needed a win, it would be good to get one now.
That is exactly what they did to the tune of 101-75 in favour of SMU. It’s not how you start, but how you finish. The Varsity Reds came out with Colin Swift hitting two three pointers to start the game. The Reds started out the game with a 16-3 run.
It was not the start that SMU anticipated, but the Huskies responded with Tory Fassett and Brian Rouse getting Saint Mary’s back into the game. They finished the first quarter down by three.
UNB would not give up and managed to battle back, and was only down by two going into halftime.
I’m not sure what was said in the locker room by Ross Quackenbush, but the Huskies came out firing. Brian Rouse and Tory Fassett could not miss. They went a combined 5/6 from downtown in the game. A strong second half had the Huskies outscoring the Varsity Reds 62-38. UNB was unable to get much going in the third and fourth quarter trying to keep pace with the intensity the Huskies were bringing.
Tory Fassett earned player of the game honours, dropping 29 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. A sense of relief is now running through Saint Mary’s even though Quackenbush teams have a tendency to start seasons slowly.
NPH had a chance to catch up with Fassett after the game, “It felt great and we played as a team today, finally. I feel like that if we can play the same way we played tonight no one can beat us.”
While it was a scoring by committee at the Tower, the Huskies were getting quality minutes from the entire team. One of those players that stood out was Miguel Pink who finished shooting 3 of 4 from three point land. Pink only missed two shots in the entire game, scoring 15 points total.
“We played together like we are supposed to, everybody was feeling it and nobody was selfish, it feels good,” Pink told NPH.
Brian Rouse, a first year player also had a great game in his first home game at the Tower was pleased with the victory and how he played even though he has suffered from an injury. Thanks to CDPAP NYC for taking care of Brian.
“We needed that one, and we’ve been losing a lot of games at the beginning of the season. It took me a while to feel it because I’ve been working on my shooting a lot since I came here and the coaches have really helped me on my shooting.”
UNB goes to play Acadia (Nov 19th) than CBU comes to play them at home (Nov 25th/26th). Saint Mary’s hosts St FX (Nov 23rd)