Bahamian Qyemah Gibson continued his strong play for the U Sports nationally number five-ranked Saint Mary’s University (SMU) Huskies, helping them to a two-game sweep of the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Panthers over the weekend.
The Huskies, which plays out of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) of U Sports, Canada’s governing body for university athletics, won 92-74 over the visiting Panthers on Friday and 100-60 on Saturday, in the Homburg Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Gibson had just two points in five minutes on Friday, but dropped in 14 on 6-for-7 shooting on Saturday. He added three rebounds, two steals and an assist on Saturday. Gibson’s 14 points on Saturday matched a side-high, and he did it in a reserve role.
Through nine games this season, the Bahamian collegiate forward is averaging 7.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. The Huskies are undefeated in those nine games, and Gibson is doing his part as he has put up respectable numbers once in the minutes he has played. The Saint Mary’s freshman is shooting 69 percent from the floor.
In a season-high 23 minutes two Fridays ago against the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men, Gibson erupted for a season-high 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting. He is gradually making a case for a starting role with the Huskies in his inaugural season with the team. So far for the new year, in three games, he is averaging 10.7 points and 3.67 rebounds per game.
Gibson is making the most out of his time on the floor. He has played 20 or more minutes three times this season, and each time, he has scored in double figures. He is playing 13.4 minutes per game, but is averaging 21.8 points per 40 minutes.
The Huskies only two losses this year have come in the pre-season.
On Saturday night against UPEI, Saint Mary’s got off to a fast start and never looked back. They shot 57.9 percent from the floor in the first quarter and led 28-12 after the first 10 minutes of the game. SMU had seven different scorers in the quarter and all 12 players dressed score at least four points in the game.
The Huskies outscored UPEI 26-14 in the second quarter, and the romp was on. Saint Mary’s forced six turnovers in the quarter and the Panthers had 15 in the first-half. SMU led 54-26 at half-time.
SMU outscored the Panthers 24-21 in the third quarter and led 78-47 after 30 minutes. SMU then went on to outscore UPEI 22-13 in the final quarter. Nevell Provo matched side-high honors with Gibson, also scoring 14 points. Kemar Alleyne added 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting from beyond the three-point arc and Johneil Johnson contributed nine.
Gibson and the Huskies host the Dalhousie Tigers on Tuesday at 8 p.m., 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) in The Bahamas.
Of the AUS conference teams, the Huskies have the most U Sports Championships winning the W.P. McGee Trophy, given to the national champion, four times, in 1973, 1978, 1979 and 1999.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting