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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:38 am

Huskies’ Knock Off UMaine 78-73 in Exhibition Game

GORHAM, Maine – Just 14 days after their first allowable practice the University of Southern Maine Huskies scrapped their way to 78-73 win over Division I University of Maine Black Bears in a men’s college basketball exhibition game Saturday night at Hill Gymnasium.

Heading into the 2014-2015 without a senior on its roster and having graduated its top three scorers from the 2013-2014 season, the Huskies’ relied on its youth led by sophomore Zach Leal (York, Maine). Leal had 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead four Huskies in doubles figures in the win. Junior Jacob Little Field (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland) add 12 points and six rebounds, while junior Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) and junior transfer Alex Fraser (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) each tossed in 11 points.

Maine junior forward Till Gloger (Bochum, Germany/Paderborn Baskets) led the Black Bears with a monster double-double with a game-high 23 points and 19 rebounds. Gloger was 10-for-16 from the field and had four steals. Junior guard Shaun Lawton (Harlem, N.Y./Putnam Science) added 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, while freshman guard Kevin Little (Wyandach, N.Y./OSNA/Coastal Academy) added 13 points and three assists.

After falling behind early 5-0 and trailing the Black Bears 10-4 in the opening four minutes, USM rebounded to grab the slightest of margins with an 11-10 lead as Leal scored five straight points, including a traditional three-point play with the hoop and the hard capped by a short jumper in the paint from sophomore Fred Knight (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) with 14:29 on the clock.

Back in the game, the Huskies battled back and forth with the Black Bears. The score was knotted up at 16 with 11:01 to play when UMaine rattled off six straight points on back-to-back three-pointers from Little to snag a 22-16 lead. UMaine kept a two possession advantage until late in the half and led 33-28 with 2:00 to play on a jumper from Gloger before USM used a three from Caddigan and two free throws from junior Ben Jackson (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) to pull even at 33 with 55 seconds in the half. UMaine answered with a tradition three-point play from Lawton for a 36-33 advantage before Leal pulled the Huskies’ to within a point in the final seconds with a layup for a 36-35 halftime score in favor of Maine.

UMaine started the second half in control and outscored USM 6-1 in the opening three minutes of the second stanza as Gloger, Lawton and sophomore Garet Beal (Beal’s Island, Maine/Jonesport Beals) each scored layups for a 42-36 lead. The Black Bears stayed in front of USM for the first five minutes of the half, leading 48-43, with 14:51 to play, before USM used a 13-2 run to take the lead for good.

After three free throws from Lawton gave UMaine the 48-43 lead, USM junior forward Aaron Toman (Gardiner, Maine) scored five straight points on a jumper and a three pointer off of feeds from Leal and junior guard Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) to tie the score at 48. Lawton stemmed the flow for the Black Bears with a running jumper in the paint for a 50-48 UMaine lead, but the Huskies’ countered with a three from Fraser, a steal from Toman that led to a layup from junior Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) and another three from Fraser for a 56-50 lead.

Following the Huskies’ surge, UMaine called a timeout and Gloger made it a four-point game with a layup, but again Southern Maine rode the hot hand of Fraser who scored five straight points on a layup and a three-pointer for a nine-point, 61-52, USM lead with 7:39 to play. One of two free throws from Lawton and a three from Little bookended a jumper from Leal to make it a 63-56 game in favor of USM with 7:00 to play, but the Huskies’ Lincoln canned a three to give USM its largest lead of the game, 66-56, with 6:43 to play.

Trading baskets, USM continued to lead the Black Bears by 10, 68-58, with just over six minutes to go when UMaine used a 7-0 run to pull to within a basket. Gloger scored four points in the run, while Lawton added a basket as UMaine trailed 68-65 with 4:39 on the clock. The Huskies’ Littlefield halted the UMaine run with a long jumper to give USM a two-possession advantage, 70-65, and both teams settled into a back-and-forth battle over the two and a half minutes.

USM lead 75-68 with 2:15 to play on a layup from Knight, before Gloger connected for a layup and freshman Aaron Calixte (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton/Lee) drained a three to pull within a basket of USM 75-73 with 1:35 to play. USM misfired on its next possession and UMaine had a chance to tie the game or pull ahead with a three, but the Huskies’ Knight took a charge on a driving Lawton to give the Huskies the ball back under a minute to go. Both teams squandered their next possessions before Libby and Leal closed the game out on the line for USM making three of four free throws.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:46 am

Caddigan, Libby and Toman Named USM Men’s Basketball Captains

GORHAM, Maine – Juniors Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar), Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Aaron Toman (Gardiner, Maine) have been named captains of the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ 2014-2015 men’s basketball season. Southern Maine veteran head coach Karl Henrikson made the announcement following a vote by team members as USM preps to formally begin its season Saturday, November 15 (8:00 p.m.) against Anna Maria College at the Connecticut College Tip Off Tournament.

The Huskies, who are coming off of an exciting 78-73 exhibition win over Division I University of Maine, feature a roster youthful 17-player roster that does not include a senior. Of those 17 players, all but three hail from the State of Maine.

In his second season with the Huskies, Caddigan played in 22 games during the 2013-2014 season averaging 4.6 points per game in a reserve role. The former Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year (2006), shot an outstanding 44.6 percent from three-point territory as a sophomore and is slotted for a starting role this season.

“Sean has been touted as one of the finest shooters ever to play in Maine Schoolboy ranks,” noted Henrikson. “A conference leader in scoring, a state champion foul shooter with a personal scoring record of 49 points, Sean is in exceptional company. Last season Sean stretched our opponents’ defenses with his three-point shooting aptitude and timely scoring in the clutch. Despite being relatively new to the program, we have all recognized Sean for his basketball IQ, skill and most importantly for his maturity. Sean can listen without judgment and know what needs to be done to compete and succeed.”

Entering his third season with the Huskies, Toman has steadily increased his role from his freshman to sophomore campaigns and will play an increased role in the Huskies’ frontcourt this season. As a sophomore, Toman saw action in 18 games shooting a solid 45.5 percent from the field.

“Aaron is the consummate teammate and has been a positive influence since his arrival in Gorham,” said Henrikson. “He has earned the trust of his teammates for his supportive, mature perspective. Aaron was a key ingredient in leading his Gardiner High School team to the Class B State Championship game earning Kennebec Journal Player of the Year and All-KVAC honors. Aaron developed tremendous leadership ability during his high school career and it has continued to flourish in the collegiate ranks.”

The Huskies’ top play-maker in 2013-2014, Libby averaged 9.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as a sophomore, nearly doubling his averages across the board from his freshman campaign. Libby set career-marks in all statistical categories in 2013-2014 highlighted by a 20-point performance on 8-for-15 shooting, including a 3-for-5 mark from three-point range, against Eastern Connecticut State University.

“A former Mr. Maine Basketball finalist, Cole has been a consistent performer on both ends of the floor. He is a tough player and leads by example through both his play and his character,” commented Henrikson. “When Cole speaks people listen as his words are well chosen and consistent with the philosophy of Husky Basketball. He has led since his first day at USM and it is great that he has been recognized by his teammates to formally take on that role.”

Following its opening season travel for the Connecticut College Tip Off Tournament, Southern Maine returns to Hill Gymnasium against local rival University of New England on Wednesday, November 19 (7:30 p.m.) for a non-conference game. Little East Conference play begins for the Huskies on Saturday, December 6 (3:00 p.m.) at Western Connecticut State University.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:17 pm

USM Tabbed to Finish Sixth In Little East Conference Preseason Poll

GORHAM, Maine – As one of the founding members of the Little East Conference, the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ men’s basketball program is familiar with the challenges and demands of its 14-game conference slate. The 2014-2015 schedule is no different as the Little East Conference remains one of the toughest Division III conferences in the country.

The Huskies, who are coming off of a strong preseason effort that included a 78-73 exhibition game win over Division I University of Maine, have been selected to finish sixth place in 2014-2015 Little East Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll. The LEC preseason poll was a close race at the top with last year’s champions, Rhode Island College earning the top billing. The Anchormen led by first-year head coach Michael Byrnes received 44 points in the coaches’ poll. Eastern Connecticut narrowly finished second in the voting. The Warriors were last season’s regular season champion. The top four of the eight-team poll is rounded out by Keene State and Western Connecticut State. Both Rhode Island College and Eastern Connecticut are featured in the “also receiving votes” category of the D3hoops.com Top 25 Preseason Poll.

While the Huskies feature a youthful 16-man roster that does not include a senior, Southern Maine fans can count on strong leadership from its junior class including captains Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar), Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Aaron Toman (Gardiner, Maine).

“We are really excited about the potential for growth with our team,” noted veteran Southern Maine head coach and Husky alumnus Karl Henrikson. “We have a deep junior class and some exciting new players. As a team they have worked exceptionally hard this preseason and have shown great promise throughout our preseason by their play and basketball IQ. The level that we attain will be contingent upon our collective attitude and specific roles, which will develop as our season unfolds.”

Along with its leadership trio of Caddigan, Libby and Toman, the Huskies’ also return sophomores Zach Leal (York, Maine) and Fred Knight (Hampden, Maine) and junior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland Regional).

Libby is the top returning scorer from last season, while Caddigan, Toman, Leal and Littlefield saw significant minutes last season. In the exhibition against UMaine, Libby had a team-high nine rebounds and six assists. Leal, who started 12 games for USM as a freshman, had an outstanding effort against the Black Bears with a team-high 15 points to compliment seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Littlefield and Caddigan each chipped in with 12 an 11 points. Additionally, Southern Maine received solid contributions from juniors Alex Fraser (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) and Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) in their debut. Fraser had 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting from three-point range, while Lincoln chipped in with seven points, three assists and two steals.

Following its opening season travel for the Connecticut College Tip Off Tournament, Southern Maine returns home to Gorham to take on local rival University of New England on Wednesday, November 19 (7:30 p.m.) for a non-conference game. After a trip to Lewiston to face Bates on Tuesday, November 25 (7:30 p.m.), Southern Maine will close out the month in the friendly confines of Hill Gymnasium hosting another local rival, St. Joseph’s College, on Sunday, November 30 (7:30 p.m.).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:56 am

MBB: Anna Maria Trips Up Southern Maine 86-83 in Season Opener


NEW LONDON, Conn. – Down by 20 points with just under 10 minutes to play, the University of Southern Maine Huskies' men's basketball team made a furious come-back bid only to be thwarted by an expiring game clock in an 88-83 season-opening loss to the Anna Maria College AmCats Saturday night in the Connecticut College Tip Off Tournament.
The Huskies start their 2014-2015 season with an 0-1 record and will face host Connecticut College Camels in the consolation game of the tournament. Anna Maria, now 1-0, will face Framingham State in the championship game after earning a 60-55 win over the Camels in the earlier game.

Trailing 62-42 with 9:36 remaining in regulation, Southern Maine struggle to get the deficit to single digits trading baskets back-and-forth with the AmCats. It wasn't until the final five minutes of the contest that the Huskies' were able to claw their way back into the game. An AmCat layup from senior Hugh Daye (Worcester, Mass./South) made it 70-53 with 4:49 to play. With a 17-point lead in hand, the game seemed settled, but the Huskies responded with a 9-2 run to pull to within 10. Following Daye's layup, USM junior Aaron Toman (Gardiner, Maine) scored back-to-back baskets and was followed by a three-pointer from junior Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle). A pair of free throws from Anna Maria's junior Pat Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) halted the Huskies' 7-0 spurt, before a layup from sophomore Zach Leal (York, Maine) made it a 72-62 game with 3:19 to play.

With new found energy the Huskies' continued to press. Daye made one of two free throws to push the AmCat lead to 11, 73-62, before the Huskies' again rallied. Led by junior Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy), who scored seven points in a 13-8 spurt, USM made it a two-possession game, trialing by six, 81-75, with 35 seconds to play. Lincoln scored the Huskies first seven points of the rally, while junior Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) capped the run with back-to-back threes.

Both teams played neck-and-neck in the final seconds, with the Huskies' trading free throws for baskets. Caddigan hit his third three of the final minute of the game with seven seconds to play to cut the USM deficit to 84-80. Continuing to put the AmCats on the line junior Tyler Delorey (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) made two free throws with three seconds to play for an 86-80 Anna Maria lead effectively sealing the game. Leal canned a three as the buzzer expired for the 86-83 final.

Caddigan and Leal paced the Huskies with 22 points each. Leal added a team-high nine rebounds in addition to three assists and four steals. Lincoln chipped in with 12 points in a steady performance off of the bench, while Libby added 11 points, four rebounds, four steals and a game-high five assists.

Bradansese led all scorers with 24 points as the AmCats placed five players in double-digits. Freshman Youssef Fodaile (Lawrence, Mass.) had 14 points off of the bench, while sophomore Trevon Farley (Lawrence, Mass.), senior Michael Gorman (Methuen, Mass.) and Delorey each chipped in with 10 points.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:13 am

Connecticut College Pulls Away From Southern Maine 75-60


NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College Camels closed out the final 4:28 of the game on a 13-4 tear to break open a two-possession game and earn a 75-60 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in the consolation game of the Connecticut College Coaches Versus Cancer Tip-Off Tournament Sunday afternoon.
The loss is the second in as many games for Southern Maine, now 0-2. Connecticut College evens its record to 1-1 after suffering a 60-55 set back in its season-opener. Framingham State, the winner over Connecticut College in the first round, defeated Anna Maria 62-55 for the championship.

In a closely contested game, Southern Maine trailed the Camels by six, 62-56, after junior Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) drained a three off of a feed from sophomore Zach Leal (York, Maine)as the Huskies', who had not led since early in the first half, stayed with the Camels and were knocking at the door to take over. However, Connecticut College's sophomore Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y./Brewster Academy) made sure the Camels would stay in front scoring six of his 12 points and snagged four of his game-high 15 rebounds in the final 4:30.

After Libby's three, Pavlin scored a layup and freshman Lee Messier (Narragansett, R.I./Tilton School) knocked down a three to sandwich a Leal free throw for a 67-57 Camel advantage. Two free throws from Libby cut the USM deficit to eight, 67-59, before Pavlin hit back-to-back layups again around a Leal free throw for a 71-60 lead with 2:06 to play. From there, Connecticut College scored the final four points of the game from the free throw line to secure the victory.

Leal finished with a team-high 19 points for the Huskies' earning a spot on the All-Tournament team. Leal was an outstanding 7-for-9 from the field adding four rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Fred Knight (Hampden, Maine) had 11 points, and five rebounds in a 4-for-8 effort. Juniors Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) and Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) each had eight points. Libby finished with five points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Messier led all scorers with 20 points as four players scored in double-figures for the Camels. Pavlin finished with 12 points, 15 rebounds on 6-for-10 shooting, while freshman Isaiah Robinson (Lynn, Mass./Salisbury) tossed in 11 points. Junior Bo McKinley (Westport, N.Y./The Hun School) added 10 points for Connecticut College.

Southern Maine hosts University of New England on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.). It is the first regular season home game for the Huskies. Connecticut College travels to Yeshiva University on Thursday (8:00 p.m.).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:02 am

MBB: Huskies’ Balance Overpowers UNE 69-51

GORHAM, Maine – Junior Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) scored 11 points to lead four players in double-figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the University of New England Nor'easters 69-51 in a non-conference men's basketball game Wednesday night at Hill Gymnasium.
The win is the first of the season for the Huskies, who stand at 1-2 on the season. UNE drops to 1-2 with the loss.

Caddigan was 4-for-6 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range to lead USM, which shot 45.3 percent (24-for-53) from the field as a team. Juniors Aaron Toman (Gardiner, Maine) and Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland) and sophomore Zach Leal (York, Maine) each scored 10 points. Leal continued his strong play recording a double-double adding a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with four assists.

Freshman Drew Coveney (Londonderry, N.H.) led UNE with 11 points as the only Nor'easter to finish in double-digits. Freshman Evrim Ozkan (Istanbul, Turkey/IMG Academy (Fla.)) added eight points and sophomore Jean-Luc Parker (Georgetown, Texas) tossed in seven points. UNE shot just 30.2 percent (16-for-53) from the field.

Southern Maine took control of the game from the start as Littlefield canned a three on the Huskies' first possession as USM ran out to a 10-0 lead in the opening two minutes of the game. Southern Maine continued to cruise over the next 10 minutes, holding the Nor'easters to just five points for a 23-5 lead with 9:43 to play.

UNE rallied to cut the Huskies' lead to nine, 23-14, with a 9-0 run, but Southern Maine bounced right back outscoring UNE 11-1 in the final seven minutes for a commanding 34-15 lead at the break. Littlefield and Caddigan each scored eight points in the first half for USM.

UNE again made a push in the second half, outscoring USM 10-2, punctuated by a three from junior Devin Thompson (Winthrop, Mass./St. Mary's) in the first five minutes to trail by 11, 39-25, but Southern Maine squashed any thoughts of a comeback.

After Thompson's three, the Huskies' ran off a 15-3 spurt pushing the lead back into the 20s. Junior Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) knocked down back-to-back threes for a quick six-point swing. One of two free throws from Thompson and a layup from Coveney interrupted the USM run, before Caddigan hit for a three and Leal added a traditional three-point play for a 48-28 USM lead with 12:12 to play. Two possessions later, Toman completed the decisive flurry with a three of his own for a 51-28 Huskies' lead with 11:28 to play. UNE never got any closer than 17 points the rest of the way as USM rolled to its first win of the season.

Southern Maine travels to Bates on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.). UNE hosts Bowdoin on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.).

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:38 am

Bates Fends off Late Huskies' Run, Defeats USM 56-47

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LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's basketball team took advantage of 18 first-half turnovers by the University of Southern Maine to build a 15-point lead at the break, and the Bobcats held off the Huskies in the second half for a 56-47 non-conference win Tuesday night at Alumni Gym.

The win puts Bates at 4-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

Sophomore brothers Marcus and Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) both notched double-doubles in the game and tied for the team lead with 12 points apiece. Malcolm added 12 rebounds and two blocked shots, while Marcus grabbed 10 boards.

Mike Boornazian pitched in with 11 points and Graham Safford added 10 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Bates received all but three of its points from its starting lineup.

Zach Leal scored a game-high 13 points for USM (1-3). Cole Libby added 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Fred Knight added nine points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

USM settled down in the second half, committing only four turnovers, and the Huskies were able to hang around the rest of the game, coming as close as within five points midway through the period, when Jalen Lincoln's 3-pointer made it 46-41 with 10:32 to go.

Malcolm Delpeche ended a mini-drought by both teams with an offensive putback, and Marcus Delpeche extended it to 50-41 with 6:55 left on a Safford assist. The Huskies missed seven field goal attempts in a row until another three by Lincoln made it 54-47 with 2:34 left, after Marcus Delpeche negated a Billy Selmon miss with a follow-up jam.

With 1:46 left, Libby and Knight missed and Knight fouled Malcolm Delpeche, who sank both of his free throws with 1:26 left to account for the final score at 56-47. The Bobcats couldn't make the Huskies pay for intentionally fouling them, missing their final four free throws, but the Huskies couldn't capitalize either.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:34 am

Southern Maine Shoots Past St. Joseph’s 74-58


GORHAM, Maine – Junior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland) scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to highlight an outstanding offensive effort as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the St. Joseph's College Monks 74-58 in a non-conference men's basketball game to earn the Costello Cup Sunday evening at Hill Gymnasium.
With the win, Southern Maine secures the Costello Cup for the second consecutive season. Presented annually to the winner of the contest between the two schools, it has been contested over the last 26 seasons and honors the late Dr. Richard "Doc" Costello, former USM Athletic Director and long-time basketball coach. Southern Maine, which improves to 2-3 with the win, has a 11-15 record in the series with St. Joseph's. USM owns a 34-32 lead in the overall series between the two schools. St. Joseph's falls to 1-3 with the loss.

Littlefield was 12-for-17 from the field and 3-for-4 from three-point territory as USM shot 49.2 percent (29-for-59) from the field for the game. Junior Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) added 16 points and four assists with an outstanding 5-for-7 effort from three-point range. Juniors Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) and Aaron Toman (Gardiner, Maine) added eight and seven points respectively.

SJC senior guard Steve Simonds (Steep Falls, Maine/Bonny Eagle) led the Monks with 20 points and nine rebounds. Simonds was 7-for-14 from the field. Senior Zach Blodgett (Glenburn, Maine/Bangor) added 12 points, while Christien Morneweck (Burlington, Mass.) added 10 points.

In a nip-and-tuck first half, Southern Maine held a narrow lead over the Monks for a majority of the 20 minutes and the Huskies led 32-29 with 3:09 to play after Simonds sank one of his three three-pointers of the game. Southern Maine put its final three minutes of the opening stanza to good use however closing out the half on a 7-0 run as Littlefield had a dunk, lay-in and a three-pointer for a 39-29 USM lead at the break.

The Huskies maintained a comfortable lead in the opening minutes of the second half and led 43-37. The Monks had made it a two-possession game on a lay-in from freshman Quinn Richardson-Newton (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy), before the Huskies went on an 8-0 run to create some separation. Littlefield scored four points in the run.

After the 8-0 spurt, SJC never got any closer than nine points and the Huskies led by as many as 19 points late in the game for the win.

Southern Maine opens its Little East Conference slate on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) when it travels to Western Connecticut State. St. Joseph's hosts Lasell in a GNAC contest on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.)

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:17 am

Southern Maine runs away from St. Joseph’s in men’s basketball
The Huskies shoot 49 percent and make 11 3-pointers on their way to a victory over the Monks

USM will take the credit, and all the open shots it can generate. The Huskies rained in 11 3-pointers and shot 49 percent for the night as they romped past the Monks. Jacob Littlefield, a junior from Mechanic Falls, scored a career-high 29 points (3 for 4 from 3-point range) and grabbed 11 rebounds. St. Joseph’s senior Steve Simonds of Buxton scored 20. The Huskies improved to 2-3 while St. Joseph’s dropped to 1-3. Junior Sean Caddigan of Bethel scored 16 for USM, including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. “We have a lot of guys capable of knocking down shots,” Caddigan said. Caddigan hit a zone in the first half, draining all four 3-point shots he took...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:44 am

Western Connecticut Downs Southern Maine 81-65

DANBURY, Conn. – Sophomore Bobby Bynum (New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse) scored 19 points to lead five players in double-figures as the Western Connecticut State University Colonials defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 81-65 in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday night at Feldman Arena.
With the win, Western Connecticut remains undefeated at 5-0 and opens its Little East Conference schedule at 1-0. Southern Maine falls to 2-4 with the loss and 0-1 in the conference.

Bynum was 7-for-10 from the field for his game-high total. Senior Tony Seldon (Bloomfield, Conn./Northwest Catholic) added 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting, while senior Luis Bridtter (Stamford, Conn.) and junior Jeremiah Washington (Bridgeport, Conn./Central) each scored 14 points. Sophomore Tre'Von Perry (Waterbury, Conn./Holy Cross) chipped in with 12 points as the Colonials shot 49.2 percent (30-for-61) from the field as a team.

Four players scored in double-digits for the Huskies led by 12 points from sophomore Zach Leal (York, Maine). Leal was 4-for-7 from the field adding four rebounds and three assists. Junior Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) added 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Sophomore Fred Knight (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) and junior Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) each tossed in 10 points.

Holding a narrow 37-34 lead at the break, Western Connecticut had to shake off a hard-working Huskies' squad in the second half. Down by a basket, 38-35, after pair of free throws from Leal, USM saw its disadvantage increase to 15 over the next five minutes to trail 52-37 with 13:46 to play. After Leal's free throws, Western Connecticut cobbled together a 14-2 run. Bynum and Washington each scored five points in the Colonials game-separating run.

USM responded and pulled to within seven of the Colonials using an 8-0 spurt on five poins from Libby and a traditional three-point play from Leal for a 52-45 deficit with 12:11 to go, but the Colonials pushed back with eight straight points of their own for a 60-45 lead. USM continued to battle but was unable to get any closer than 10 points the rest of the game

Southern Maine hosts UMaine Farmington on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) in a non-conference game. Western Connecticut hosts Pine Manor on Monday (6:00 p.m.).

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