Joe Schow didn’t know much about Simon Farine when he decided to make Dalhousie the third stop of his university basketball career.

Back in 2008, Schow had already played one season with the Simon Fraser Clan and two with the Calgary Dinos, and was on the phone with Tigers head coach John Campbell contemplating heading to Halifax for his final two seasons.

“He said he had a player named Simon Farine who was quite talented,” the Medicine Hat, Alta., native recalled. “I looked him up and definitely saw his statistics showed that was true.

“I just thought it was a good opportunity to work with a guard like him. We complement each other very well.”

Three years later, the 1-2 punch of Farine, a gifted scorer and playmaker from the backcourt, and Schow, a workmanlike force in the paint, helped the Tigers roll to an Atlantic University Sport title at the Metro Centre last weekend.

Schow, who red-shirted at Dalhousie at 2009, has gone from a spare part out west to a conference all-star in the AUS, finishing 12th in the league this season with 14.8 points per game and second with 9.5 rebounds per game.

“He’s playing absolutely incredible right now,” Farine said. “I think he’s the best big man in our conference. He brings scoring, intensity and leadership and he was a well-deserved all-star.”

Schow, who is studying Russian, is always there to finish when Farine draws in a second defender, and his AUS-leading 3.7 offensive boards per game are an indication of how effective he is in cleaning up after missed shots.

“I feel as though it’s been a great experience to learn and grow as a player,” Schow said of his time at Dal. “I think my game has matured.”

Schow is eager to make the first Final 8 appearance of his career starting Friday at the Metro Centre.

“I can’t wait for the weekend,” he said.

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