It was a good trip to Halifax Saturday for the UPEI Panthers men’s basketball team, which moved into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic University Sport standings with a 85-74 win over the Dalhousie Tigers.
The UPEI women’s basketball team dropped a decision 73-58 to Dalhousie, also on Saturday.
Saturday win — the Panthers’ third straight — saw UPEI pull ahead of both St. F.X. and Cape Breton by two points for sole possession of the league lead.
Guard Jonathan Cooper and forward Donathan Moss led the Panthers with 18 points each.
Manock Lual chipped in 17, while point guard Terrance Brown had 13 as the Panthers shot 50 per cent from the field.
Geoff Doane again proved valuable off the bench, adding 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
The Tigers were led by Casey Fox’s game-high 20 points.
UPEI stormed out to a 30-17 lead in the first quarter, and never looked back.
With the win, the Panthers pushed their season record to 9-3.
Three of their wins came in four-point games.
The women Panthers missed an opportunity to move out of last place.
UPEI’s record dropped to 2-10, while Dalhousie improved to 3-7.
Dalhousie dominated the second quarter, outscoring the Panthers 16-8 and never looked back.
Anna von Maltzahn of the Tigers led all scorers with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Keisha Brown added 16 points.
Amy Gough led the Panthers with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Captain Katie Moore added seven points, while hauling in 10 rebounds.
UPEI shot 30 per cent from the field and only hit one of 16 shots from beyond the arc.
The UPEI teams host Memorial on Saturday and Sunday.