Five players scored in double figures as the Dalhousie Tigers defeated the Acadia Axemen 84-81 on Tuesday in AUS men's basketball.
Ritchie Kanza Mata had 19, Kashrell Lawrence 17, Jordan Aquino-Serjue 16 and Sven Stammberger and Jarred Reid 14 each for the two-time defending conference champs. Stammberger added 13 rebounds.
Ben Miller and Erik Nissen had 22 points each for Acadia, down 25-6 at the end of the first quarter. Kyle Arseneault tossed in 13.
The Tigers, hosts for the U Sports Final 8 in March at Scotiabank Centre, are 7-2 and the Axemen 4-5.
X-Men 96, Capers 80: At Antigonish, Kevin Bercy had 23 points and nine rebounds as St. Francis Xavier, out of the playoffs for the past two seasons, won its fifth straight to move into first place.
Akil Charles added 16 for the X-Men, 7-3, and Justin Andrew and Julius Antoine 11 each.
Kenny Jean-Louis had 29 for Cape Breton, 0-9.
In women's play, it was:
Axewomen 91, Tigers 56: At Dalplex, Chanel Smith had 23 points and Paloma Anderson 13 as Acadia rolled over Dalhousie. The Tigers won the second half 45-22.
Kelsey Rice contributed 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Axewomen, 4-5 after three straight wins.
Sophie Gaube had 11 for Dalhousie, 2-7.
Capers 50, X-Women 44: At Antigonish, Allison Keough had 13 points and 11 rebounds for conference-leading Cape Breton 8-1. Colleen Keane added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Chelsea Provo had 12 points for St. F.X., 0-10.