(ANTIGONISH, NS) The St. FX X-Men made it four consecutive regular season victories with an 85-66 win over the visiting UNB Varsity Reds Saturday night.
The home team took an early 13-9 edge, on the strength of seven points, including a three-pointer, from guard Akil Charles(Glenn Dale, MD).
Led by five straight points from Julius Antoine(Woodbridge, ON), the X-Men closed the first quarter on a 15-5 spurt to take a 25-14 advantage.
After a three-point play from all-Canadian Javon Masters(Kitchener, ON), the Varsity Reds trailed 34-27, in the opening four minutes of the second quarter.
After a 10-2 burst to close out the second quarter, the X-Men led 44-29 at halftime.
St. FX led 62-44 heading to the fourth quarter.
In the final 10 minutes, UNB made a couple runs, one sparked by consecutive three-pointers from freshman guard Chris Spurrell(Rothesay, NB), but they couldn't trim the X-Men lead to less than 16 points.
First-year guard Mark Fernandes(Calgary, AB) helped seal the deal, scoring the final five X-Men points.
For St. FX, Antoine, the Subway Player of the Game, scored a game-high 27 points, while adding eight rebounds and five assists.
Spurrell finished with 21 points for the VReds, while adding six steals, two rebounds and one assist. Masters had 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and one blocked shot. Jamaal Potopsingh(Brampton, ON) also scored in double figures, with 13, while chipping in five rebounds.
The X-Men are back in action Tuesday, when they host the Cape Breton University Capers.
The Varsity Reds will return to action Saturday, when they welcome the Memorial University Sea-Hawks. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00PM.
RECAP BY: St. FX Athletics
PHOTOS BY: Nic Latulippe, for St. FX Athletics