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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:53 am

Strong First Half Leads Southern Maine Over UMaine Farmington 65-47

GORHAM, Maine – Junior Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) scored a team-high 13 points to lead three players in double figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the UMaine Farmington Beavers 65-47 in a non-conference men's basketball game Wednesday night at Hill Gymnasium.
With the win, Southern Maine improves its record to 3-4 overall. The win was the 70th for the Huskies in the 92 meetings between the two schools dating back to 1938. The loss is the second straight for UMF, which drops its record to 2-5.

Caddigan was an efficient 5-for-6 from the field, including a 3-for-4 mark from three-point range. Caddigan added six rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Sophomore Fred Knight (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) added 11 points and six boards on 5-for-10 from the field, while junior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland) added 10 points and six rebounds.

Senior Uriah Forest-Bulley (Turner Falls, Mass.) led the Beavers with 14 points and seven rebounds – both game-high totals. Junior Nick Hilton (Wilton, Maine/Mt. Blue) added 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Huskies' shot an outstanding 53.3 percent (16-for-30) from the field in the first half to take a commanding 39-20 lead at the break. The Huskies' had held a modest 26-18 lead with 5:17 to play after UMF's Hilton knocked down a pair of free throws, but Southern Maine closed out the half on a 13-2 run. Caddigan figured heavily in the game-separating scoring spurt, scoring eight points, including a late three to give the Huskies a commanding 19-point advantage just seconds before heading into the locker room.

The Huskies remained in control to start the second half, growing their lead to 25 in the opening five minutes of the second stanza. Sophomore Zach Leal (York, Maine) hit a tough layup in the paint to start a 13-6 run yielding a 52-27 Huskies' lead with 14:28 to play. Four different players scored in the run for USM capped by a coast-to-coast drive from Leal.

UMF hung around and trimmed its deficit to 15 points three times, but never got any closer the rest of the way. A late three from Beaver junior Justin Meader (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) made it 57-42 in favor of USM with 3:59 to play, but Southern Maine eight straight points – including back-to-back threes from freshman Isaiah Stone-Patterson (Rockland, Maine/Oceanside) and junior Mitch Loeman (Dresden, Maine/Freeport) - to return to a 23-point, 65-42, advantage with just over a minute to go and cruise to the win.

Southern Maine returns to Little East Conference action on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) when it travels to Keene State College. UMaine Farmington hosts Bowdoin College on Friday (7:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:26 am

Guilford Slips Past Southern Maine 87-80


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior Matt McCarthy (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) scored 20 points to lead three players in double figures as the Guilford College Quakers outlasted the University of Southern Maine Huskies 87-80 in the second game of the Catholic University of America Classic Monday night at the DuFour Center.

Guilford improves to 7-2 with the win and advances to the championship game of the Catholic University Tournament. Southern Maine drops to 3-6 with the loss and will play York (Pa.) on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) in the consolation game.

McCarthy was 5-for-10 from the field and 4-for-7 from three-point range for the game-high total. Junior Jonny Rice (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) added 15 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Will Freeman (Rice, Va./Richmond Senior) was 7-for-11 from the field for 14 points off of the bench.

Junior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland Regional) led the Huskies with 18 points. Sophomore Zach Leal (York, Maine) added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Juniors Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) and Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) chipped in with 11 and 12 points each.

The Quakers shot an outstanding 60.0 percent from three-point range in the opening half to grab a 40-32 halftime lead. Sophomore Trever Hyatt (Connelly Springs, N.C./East Burke) led the Quakers with a 3-for-3 mark to score nine points in the first 20 minutes of the game.

Southern Maine opened the second half with back-to-back threes from Caddigan and Libby sandwich a layup from Rice to trim the Huskies' deficit to 42-38 with 18:30 to play. However, the Quakers responded with a 18-9 run over the next five minutes to lead 60-47. Rice scored nine points in the run for Guilford.

The Huskies trailed by 10, 77-67 after a layup from Guilford freshman Brandon Staves (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) with 5:17 to play, before making an 8-0 run to make it a one-possession game. After Staves' layup, Littlefield connected on a pair of free throws and Caddigan sank back-to-back threes for a 77-75 game with 3:46. McCarthy halted the USM run with a pair of free threes and Rice had a layup for an 81-75 Quaker lead and both teams settled into a back and forth contest. USM again made it a one-possession game, 81-79, with 1:56 to play on a pair of free throw from junior Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) but the Quakers closed out the game on a 6-1 run for the 87-80 final.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:54 pm

York Downs Southern Maine 66-51

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sophomore Dalton Myers (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) scored 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field to lead the York (Pa.) College Spartans to a 66-51 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies' men's basketball team in the consolation game of the Catholic University Holiday Tournament.
With the win, York snaps a two-game losing streak to improve to 3-7 overall. Southern Maine suffers its third straight loss to fall to 3-7.

Myers added six rebounds to lead two Spartans in double-figures scoring. Sophmore Tyler Alcid (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) added 11 points. Freshman Max Bell (Finksburg, Md./Francis Scott Key) chipped in with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Sophomore Zach Leal (York, Maine) paced the Huskies with 11 points, adding a game-high five steals. Junior Mitch Loeman (Freeport, Maine) was the only other Husky in double-figures with 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting including a pair of threes. Junior Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) tossed in nine points.

Southern Maine fell behind the Spartans 44-30 in the first half. York shot an outstanding 54.2 percent (13-for-24) while the Huskies shot just 37.5 percent (12-for-32). Additionally, the Spartans had a huge advantage at the free throw line knocking down 15-of-19 free throws in the first half. The Huskies' shooting woes continued in the second half, connecting on just seven field goals in the second stanza. The Spartans did not fare any better, making just 8-of-20 from the field in the second half, but the Spartans' first-half advantage was enough to hold out for the win.

Southern Maine returns to action on Sunday (3:00 p.m.) when it travels to Bowdoin College for a non-conference game.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:35 am

Salem State Downs Southern Maine 88-74

GORHAM, Maine - Senior Nicholas Grassa (Lynn, Mass.) scored 21 points on 5-for-11 shooting from three-point range to lead four players in double figures as the Salem State University Vikings defeating University of Southern Maine Huskies 88-74 in a non-conference men’s basketball game Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium.

With the win, the Vikings earn their second straight victory to improve to 8-5. Southern Maine falls to 3-9 with the loss.

Grassa was 8-for-14 overall with four assists and a pair of steals as the Vikings shot an outstanding 40.0 percent (12-for-30) from three-point range and 49.2 percent (31-for-63) from the field. Seniors Bryan Ortiz (Salem, Mass.) and Jon Perez (Weymouth, Mass.) each had 16 points for Salem State, while junior Anthony Hodges (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) tossed in 12 points. Sophomore Marcus Faison (Cambridge, Mass./Cambridge Rindge & Latin) led the Vikings in rebounding with 12 and chipped in with eight points off of the bench.

Southern Maine junior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland) had another strong night for the Huskies offensively, leading the game with 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting. Junior guard Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) added 12 points, five rebounds, six assists and a steal and classmate Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) added 10 points and three assists on 4-for-6 shooting from the field.

After Libby converted a traditional three-point play to make it a four-point USM deficit 28-24 with 6:16 remaining in the opening half, the Vikings outscored the Huskies 19-9 to take a 47-33 lead at the break. Hodges scored 10 of his 12 points in the run including a pair of three-pointers.

Salem State increased its margin to 18 points, 56-38, in the opening three minutes of the second half outscoring Southern Maine 12-5. The Vikings looked on their way to blowing open the game before the Huskies’ battled back with a 9-0 spurt to make it a 56-47 Vikings’ lead with 13:57 to go. Littlefield found junior Ben Jackson (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) in the paint for two and Libby finished a touchdown pass from Lincoln following a Littlefield steal for a quick four-point swing, before Littlefield connected for five straight points on a three and a jumper as the Huskies made it a three-possession game. The Vikings responded however with five straight points of their own including a timely three from Grassa to regain momentum and a double-digit lead at 61-47 with 11;54 on the clock.

Salem State remained in control and led by as many as 17 points, 74-57, with 6:57 on the clock before the Huskies again tried to rally. After another Grassa three made it 74-57, Southern Maine scored eight straight to make it a 74-65 deficit. With the momentum swinging in the Huskies’ favor, Grassa canned fifth three of the game for the dagger, making it 77-65 in favor of the Vikings with 4:36 to play. Both teams traded baskets in the final minutes for the 88-74 final.

Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) when it hosts UMass Dartmouth in a Little East Conference game. Salem State travels to Fitchburg State on Thursday (8:30 p.m.) for its next contest.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:29 am

UMass Dartmouth Outlasts Southern Maine 64-59

GORHAM, Maine - Senior Jake Laga (Northampton, Mass.) scored 22 points, including an outstanding 6-for-8 effort from three-point range to lead the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs to a 64-59 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.

With the win, UMass Dartmouth remains undefeated in the Little East improving to 3-0 and 7-6 overall. Southern Maine falls to 3-10 and 0-3 in the Little East.

Trailing by three, 59-56, after Southern Maine junior Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) with 3:43 remaining in regulation, Laga was clutch for the Corsairs sinking back-to-back three-pointers to vault his team into the lead. Laga hit his fifth three of the game at the three-minute mark to pull UMD even with the Huskies, and then drained the go-ahead basket with 2:05 to play from the baseline on an assist from junior Jordan Rezendes (Onset, Mass./Wareham). Laga’s sixth three of the game proved to be the game-winner despite a few good looks for the Huskies in the final moments. Rezendes sealed the victory for USM sinking a pair of free throws with 11 seconds on the clock.

Laga was 8-for-12 from the field overall, adding four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Rezendes was the only other Corsiar in double-figures with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Junior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland Regional) led all scorers with 28 points. Littlefield continued his hot shooting, sinking 12-of-21 from the field, adding a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore Fred Knight (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) had eight points and seven rebounds, while classmate Zach Leal (York, Maine) added seven points and five rebounds. Libby finished with six points, five boards, three assists and three steals.

Southern Maine hosts Rhode Island College on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.). UMass Dartmouth travels to Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.).

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:15 am

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Rhode Island College Trumps Southern Maine 72-57

GORHAM, Maine - Freshman Roosevelt Shider (Meriden, Conn./Wilcox Tech) score a game-high 23 points to lead the Rhode Island College Anchormen to a 72-57 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference men’s basketball game Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium.

The win is the fifth straight for the Anchormen who improve to 11-3 overall and 3-1 in the Little East. Southern Maine dips to 3-11 overall and remains winless in the conference at 0-4.

Shider was 8-for-14 overall from the field and 6-for-10 from the three-point line to lead RIC. Senior Chris Burton (New Rochelle, N.Y.) added 15 points for the Anchormen who shot a solid 48.1 percent (26-for-54) from the field in the win.

Southern Maine junior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland Regional) paced the Huskies’ offensively with 21 points on 9-for-16 shooting. Sophomore Zach Leal (York, Maine) added 11 points and three assists.

RIC broke open a close game midway through the second half. Southern Maine had grabbed a slim 46-45 lead after a three from junior Alex Fraser (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) with 11:24 to play, but the Anchormen responded with 15-0 run to grab control of the game. Six different Anchormen scored in the pivotal run led by a pair of threes from senior Eric Alleyne (Watertown, Mass./Brimmer & May). After the run, the Huskies were never able to get closer than 12 points the rest of the half as RIC shot an outstanding 56 percent (14-for-25) from the field in the second half.

Southern Maine hosts Eastern Connecticut in a Little East Conference tilt on Saturday (3:00 p.m.). Rhode Island College hosts Plymouth State on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) in a LEC match up.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:25 am

MBB: Eastern Connecticut Downs Southern Maine 74-46

GORHAM, Maine - Freshman Tarchee Brown (Rockville, Conn.) scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors to a 74-46 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.
With the win, the Warriors remain undefeated in the LEC at 5-0 and improve their overall record to 13-3. It is the third consecutive win for Eastern Connecticut. Southern Maine falls to 3-12 overall and 0-5 in the conference.

Brown was 7-for-11 from the field and 4-for-6 from three-point range as the Warriors shot a scoring 50.0 percent (28-for-56) from the field en route to the win. Sophomore Hugh Lindo (Enfield, Conn.) and juniors Kevin Leumene (Stamford, Conn./Trinity Catholic) and Michael-Thomas Sciro (Westerly, R.I.) each scored 11 points.

Southern Maine junior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland Regional) led the Huskies with 11 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Junior Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) added six points. Junior Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) had a game-high eight rebounds.

After giving up the opening basket to the Huskies, the Warriors took control of the game outscoring USM 25-8 in the first ten minutes of the half. Brown scored 14 of his 18 points during the stretch. The Warriors remained in control and held a commanding 47-19 lead at the break. In the second half, Southern Maine never got any closer than 25 points.

Southern Maine remains in Little East Conference action on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) when it travels to Plymouth State. Eastern Connecticut travels to Keene State on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) for an LEC match-up.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:12 am

Plymouth State Holds On for 56-50 Win Over Southern Maine

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – With his team clinging to a 51-50 lead with 48 seconds remaining in regulation, Jack Preston grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the put back to help lead the Plymouth State University Panthers to a 56-50 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference men’s basketball game Tuesday night.

With the win, Plymouth State halts a three-game slide and improves to 6-10 while earning its first conference victory of the season to stand at 1-5. Southern Maine is now 3-13 with the loss and 0-6 in the Litlte East.

Preston was one of three Panthers in double figures finishing 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field while adding a team-high nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Curtis Arsenault led PSU with 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting and seven rebounds, while Ernie Johnson tossed in 12 points.

Southern Maine junior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland Regional) paced the Huskies with 14 points. Junior Sean Caddigan (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) added 11 points on a perfect 4-for-4 effort from the field, including a trio of three-pointers. Junior Alex Fraser (Portland, Maine) tossed in nine points off of the bench.

Southern Maine trailed PSU 17-10 midway through the half, but fought its way back into the game with a 7-1 run to trail 18-17 with 8:19 left in the opening stanza. Littlefield keyed the run with a jumper, which was followed by a three from classmate Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) and closed out by a layup from sophomore Fred Knight (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy).

With USM back in the contest both teams battled back and forth, but the Panthers never relinquished their lead. Southern Maine pulled to within a possession of PSU on a three from Caddigan with 4:10 to play, but Panthers closed out the half outscoring the Huskies 7-4 for a 33-27 lead at the break.

PSU quickly scored the first four points of the second half thanks to back-to-back layups from Preston and the Panthers maintained a comfortable lead over the next several minutes. PSU led 41-31 with 13:51 to play after a layup from Johnson before USM rattled off a 10-2 run to make it a one-possession 43-41 Panther lead with 9:22 to go. Caddigan started the run hitting a three, before Littlefield scored the next seven points on a three-pointer, a layup and two free throws.

Unable to surge ahead, USM stayed with the Panthers, never trailing by more than three points over the next five minutes. Littlefield made it a one-point game, 47-46, with 4:11 to play, but Preston answered with two free throws. The Huskies would again make it a one point game as Fraser finished an assist from junior Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and then sank one of two free throws after a defensive rebound with just over a minute to play, but the Panthers kept answering.

Huskies’ sophomore Zach Leal (York, Maine) blocked a Panther shot, but Preston was their for the offensive board and the put back make it 53-50 in favor of PSU with 48 seconds to play. After an USM turnover, the Huskies were forced to foul and Johnson sank two free throws for a 55-50 lead with 29 seconds effectively sealing the win.

Southern Maine remains in Little East Conference action on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) when it hosts to Western Connecticut. Plymouth State travels to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) for an LEC match-up.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:17 am

Western Connecticut Downs Southern Maine 85-57

GORHAM, Maine – Junior Phil Starks (Hartford, Conn./Prince Tech) and senior Russell Payton (Stratford, Conn.) each scored 18 points to lead the Western Connecticut State University Colonials to an 85-57 Little East Conference win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium.

With the win, WestConn improves to 12-5 overall and 4-3 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine falls to 3-14 and 0-7 in the Little East.

Starks and Payton were two of four Colonials to reach double-digits in scoring. Junior Jeremiah Washington (Bridgeport, Conn./Central) and Luis Briddter (Stamford, Conn./Stamford) added 11 and 10 points respectively. Bridtter completed the double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Junior Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) led the Huskies with 13 points. Junior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland Regional) added 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Junior Alex Fraser (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) and sophomore Fred Knight (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) had eight and nine points each.

WestConn was 53.3 percent (16-for-30) from the field in the opening half, including a 7-for-14 performance from three-point range, to open up a commanding 43-27 lead at the break. Payton and Washington each had nine points for the Colonials.

In the second half, Southern Maine was able to trim its deficit to 16 points, 45-29, early on, but was quickly countered by a 9-0 Colonial run. Washington’s layup with 16:16 to play made it a 54-29 game and the Colonials cruised to the win.

Southern Maine returns to action at UMass Boston on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:49 am

Hot Shooting Huskies Earn 67-62 Win Over UMass Boston

BOSTON – Junior Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) was 5-for-7 from three point range en route to a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 67-62 win over the UMass Boston Beacons in a Little East Conference men’s basketball game Thursday night at the Clark Athletic Gym.

With the win, Southern Maine snaps a 10-game losing streak and improves its record to 4-14 and earns its first LEC win of the season to stand at 1-7 in the LEC. UMass Boston falls to 10-9 with the loss and 2-6 in the conference.

Libby added three assists, two steals and two blocked shots to fill up the stat sheet as the Huskies shot 50.0 percent (13-for-26) from beyond the arc. Junior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland Regional) added 13 points, while sophomore Zach Leal (York, Maine) and freshman Isaiah Stone-Patterson (Rockland, Maine/Oceanside) each scored eight points. Junior Aaron Toman (Gardiner, Maine) chipped in with seven points and six rebounds in a strong performance off of the bench.

Senior Luc Ulysse (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bronx Regional) led the Beacons with a game-high 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Junior Omar Benabicha (Saugus, Mass.) tossed in 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting and senior Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) added eight points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

In a closely played first half, Southern Maine grabbed a narrow 32-31 lead at the break. USM trailed 29-25 after a Ulysse traditional three-point play with 3:09 left in the opening stanza, but the Huskies closed out the final minutes outscoring the Beacons 5-2, grabbing their lead on a Littlefield three after a kickout from Libby.

USM opened the first four minutes of the second half on a 14-7 run to grab 46-38 lead with 15:55 to play. Libby hit back-to-back threes in the run. Trailing by eight, UMB pushed back outscoring the Huskies 12-3 over the next four minutes and 12 seconds to snatch the lead from USM with a 50-49 advantage. Benabicha’s second three of the run at the 11:43 mark, but the Beacons over the top, but it was their last lead of the game.

After Benabicha’s three, USM scored nine straight points as part of a game-deciding 12-1 run. Littlefield started the Huskies’ pivotal run with a three and junior Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) followed with back-to-back threes for a 58-50 USM lead with 7:48 to play. A single free throw from the Beacons broke up the rally, which was capped on a dunk from Littlefield at 5:44 for a 61-51 Husky lead.

The Beacons pulled to within 61-56 of the Huskies on a jumper from Benabicha with 3:35 left in regulation, but USM matched the Beacons point-for-point down the stretch for the win.

Southern Maine hosts Keene State College on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference match up. Southern Maine will be hosting its annual “Think Pink” Day and will be selling “Think Pink” t-shirts and will have raffles and prizes in an effort to raise funds for cancer research.

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