Fredericton, NB- The St. Thomas University Tommies stunned the Holland College Hurricanes 85-76 for their first victory over the Hurricanes in over five years.
The Tommies were led on the night by Carlo Theriault, who finished with a game high 29 points off the bench, including 17 in the fourth quarter. Jordan Holness would lead the Hurricanes with 24.
"Carlo is a dynamic player and he has that ability to score," said Tommies head coach John Hickey. "He has done that in games for us before and had big games."
These two teams faced off last weekend in PEI, with the Hurricanes prevailing, 97-69.
The Hurricanes came into the game averaging a league high 88 points per game, and Hickey was pleased with his team's defence on the evening, holding the Hurricanes to 38.5% shooting from the field, below their season average.
"I thought our guys did a great job defensively," said Hickey following the game. "We were a little bit better in our ball screen coverage, and I thought, especially in the first half, we rebounded the ball well."
STU held a 38-24 lead heading into halftime before the Hurricanes began to mount a comeback in the third, where they would outscore the Tommies 30-19. That's when Theriault stepped up and poured in his 17 4th quarter points to help seal the victory.
"We have talked about our depth all year, and the phrase for everybody these days is, 'next man up', and that's very true with our team," said Hickey. "The nice thing about our group is that one day its one guy, and the next it is someone else, like today it was Carlo and Daemen [Hemphill], tomorrow it will be Geoff and Michael, so it's nice to have guys who can step up like that."
With the win the Tommies close out the first semester with a record of 4-2, and the Hurricanes fall to 3-2.