The UNB Saint John Seawolves men’s basketball team completed their weekend sweep, defeating the visiting Dalhousie Agricultural Rams 72-51 on Sunday, November 20.
Brothers Keegan and Hunter Gray were both big contributors for the Seawolves, scoring 14 and 12 points apiece.
“It was fun,” said Hunter Gray after the game. “It was nice that we beat them twice in a row by 20.”
Nearly identically to their game the day before, the Seawolves took a lead early on and never looked back.
The Seawolves managed a strong offensive first quarter, where they shot 8 for 14 from the field and came away with a 24-18 lead.
The Rams kept it close for most of the second quarter, and were within six points multiple times, however, a couple of clutch free throws from Keegan Gray allowed UNB Saint John to pull ahead and go into the half up 40-31.
The Rams appeared rejuvenated after the half and put a few quick shots up early. After that, the third quarter saw strong defensive action, and neither team shot above 40%.
The third quarter ended 55-40 for the Seawolves, thanks to a big 3-pointer from Keshaun Skeir . Skeir, in his first year with the team, scored 11 points in the win.
A huge dunk from Sam Anstey (St. Andrews, NB), followed free throw six minutes into the fourth quarter gave the Seawolves the momentum they needed to finish the game strong.
Led by the Gray brothers, the wolves were able to capitalize on the excitement and go for an 8-0 run until Johannes McEvoy, who had a stand out performance for the Rams, put a stop to it with a fluid 3-pointer with one minute left in the game.
A smooth layup from Liam Sipkema finished the game off, and the Seawolves emerged victorious with a score of 72-51.
Bench points were a big part of this game for the Seawolves, a thought that was echoed by third year Matthew Mitchell.
“The bench came in and did their job. They performed really well today, just like yesterday.”
Keegan Gray dropped 14 points for the wolves while Sipkema grabbed 10 rebounds. Dal AC’s Cole Yuill led all scorers with 15 points.
The Seawolves have now improved to 2-3 on the season, and are one step closer to their goal of four wins before Christmas.
Hunter Gray was able to voice his excitement about the upcoming games.
“The Rams have been competitive with the next two teams we play, so hopefully that means we can get the next two wins.”
With the loss, the Rams have dropped to 5-1.
Dal AC’s next game will occur on Saturday, November 26 when they host the Mount Allison University Mounties at 2pm.
UNB Saint John is also scheduled to play on November 26, as they host the University of King’s College Blue Devils in a double header. Women’s tip-off is at 3pm, and men play at 5pm.
Games can be streamed online at acaatv.ca