UPDATE: Scott paces Panthers to win

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Tyler Scott had 34 points and nine rebounds to pace the UPEI Panthers to a 104-82 victory over the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Saturday.

It started early as Scott had a dunk, a jumper, two free throws and a three-pointer for nine points as UPEI opened on a 14-4 run 4:28 into the first quarter.

Scott said the early energy was a key to the win.

“If you come out flat, it usually doesn’t end well,” he said. “If we can come out with energy like that every game and maintain it, I think we should be good to go.”

The Panthers quick-strike offence can play mind games with teams, particularly early.

“If we can start the game on a run it immediately puts the other team a little bit on their heels because they know we can score,” head coach Tim Kendrick said.

The Panthers held quarter leads of 26-18, 57-41 and 79-71 against a Huskies team that had beaten them after Christmas at a tournament in Halifax.

UPEI never relinquished the lead Saturday, despite the Huskies making a run in the second and third quarters.

“Basketball is a game of runs,” Scott said. “We just rode the wave and end up sailing to a win.”

When Saint Mary's had cut the deficit to single digits the Panthers drew a couple of charges to help swing momentum.

“You see the bench, you see the crowd, everyone gets energy off those types of plays,” Scott said.

“That’s a really good team," Kendrick added. “It was tough to maintain that lead when we weren’t scoring. . .   (The charges are) the kind of stuff you have to do to win.”

Bradley States and Milorad Sedlarevic each had 13 points, Dut Dut 12 and Jake Kendrcik 10. Point guard Zachary Usherwood had four points, eight rebounds, seven assists and a steal.

Marquis Clayton had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies while Osman Barrie scored 18 and grabbed 11 boards.

The game was worth four points. It had UPEI (6-2) in a three-way tie for first place with Dalhousie (6-3) and UNB (5-4).

The win came with Panthers co-captain Lorenzo Parker out with an injury.

"He’s a pivotal part of our offence,” Scott said. “We’re going to get him healthy and it’s just going to make us stronger.”

Geographic location: Saint Mary

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