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Re: University of Southern Maine - men 2015-2016:

PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:01 am
by Tom Nolette
Eastern Connecticut Defeats Southern Maine 80-61

WILLAMANTIC, Conn. – Sophomore Tarchee Brown (Rockville, Conn.) scored 21 points to lead three players in double-figures as the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 80-61 in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Geissler Gymnasium.

With the win, Eastern Connecticut improves to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the Little East Conference. Suffering its third consecutive loss, Southern Maine falls to 4-4 overall, and 0-1 in LEC action.

Brown was 8-for-15 from the field to lead the Warriors, adding four rebounds and two steals. Senior Trachone Preston (Enfield, Conn.) chipped in with 14 points and five rebounds, while junior Hugh Lindo (Enfield, Conn.) added 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Senior Jose Nouchanthavong (Westbrook, Maine) paced the Huskies with 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting, adding a team-high five assists. Junior Atencio Martin (Kittery, Maine/Traip Academy) had 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting, and junior Zach Leal (York, Maine) finished with 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

Brown scored 11 of his 21 in the first half as ECSU opened up a commanding 44-27 lead at the half. The Warriors shot a red-hot 60.0 percent (18-for-30) from the field in the opening stanza. Michael-Thomas Sciro had nine points off of the bench in the first half.

The Huskies kept pace with the Warriors in the opening five minutes of the first half and trialed by a basket, 15-13, after a Martin three at the 10:58 mark, but ECSU rattled off 10 unanswered points to assume control of the game. Brown had a four-point play after being fouled while making a three to ignite the run, which was closed by a Preston basket for a 25-13 lead with 9:45 to play. Southern Maine played the Warriors evenly in the second half, but could not overcome its large first half deficit in the loss.

Southern Maine remains on the road and will face in-state non-conference opponent UMaine Farmington on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.). Eastern Connecticut hosts Trinity (Conn.) on Tuesday (6:00 p.m.).

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Re: University of Southern Maine - men 2015-2016:

PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:03 am
by Tom Nolette
Huskies Overpower UMaine Farmington 85-69

FARMINGTON, Maine – Junior Zach Leal (York, Maine) scored a game-high 20 points to lead three players in double figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies rolled over the UMaine Farmington Beavers 85-69 in a non-conference men's basketball game Tuesday night at Dearborn Gymnasium.

With the win, Southern Maine snaps a three-game losing streak to improve to 5-4 overall. UMaine Farmington remains winless on the season and is now 0-7 with the loss.

Leal was 8-for-18 from the field as the Huskies shot a solid 47.1 percent (32-for-68) from the floor as a team. Junior Atencio Martin (Kittery, Maine/Traip Academy) added 19 points, six rebounds and two assists on 8-for-11 shooting, while senior Jose Nouchanthavong (Westbrook, Maine) added 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals in a stellar peformannce for USM.

UMF had four players in double-figures but could not match the Huskies' offensive firepower. Freshman Anfernee Dent (Jackson, Miss./Daegu) led the Beavers with 14 points off of the bench, while starters sophomore Eric Berry (Weld, Maine/Mt. Blue), senior Nick Hilton (Wilton, Maine/Mt. Blue) and freshman Alan Young (Poland, Maine) scored 13, 12 and 10 points each.

Never trailing in the game, Southern Maine found itself in a dog-fight in the opening half. Ahead by six, 30-24, on a jumper from junior Omar Haji-Hersi (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) with 3:59 to play in the opening half, the Huskies found themselves in a two-point game at the break as the Beavers scored the final four points to trail 30-28. After Haji-Hersi's basket, USM misfired on its next five shots. UMF pulled to within a possession of USM as Berry made a jumper as time expired.

USM pulled away immediately in the second half scoring the first nine points to open up a 39-28 lead with 16:23 to play. Leal scored five of the Huskies' points in the pivotal run, including a traditional three-point play on the hoop and the harm following a steal.

Southern Maine continued its hot-shooting and outscored the Beavers 25-16 over the next six and a half minutes to grab a 20-point, 64-44, lead on Leal's layup with 8:45 remaining in the game. From there, the Beavers never got closer than 15 points the rest of the way as USM cruised to the win.

Southern Maine remains on the road and will travel to Western Connecticut on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference game. UMF will travel to Bowdoin College on Friday (7:00 p.m.) for a non-conference game.


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Re: University of Southern Maine - men 2015-2016:

PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:18 am
by Tom Nolette
Huskies Overcome Keene State 71-70

GORHAM, Maine – Four players scored in double figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Keene State College Owls in 71-70 in a closely contest Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Fifield Court.
Picking up its first LEC win of the season, Southern Maine improves to 7-6 overall and 1-2 in the conference. The Huskies' halted the Owls' two-game winning streak to drop their overall record to 8-4 and 1-2 in the Little East.

Junior Atencio Martin (Kittery, Maine/Traip Academy) led all scorers with 22 points, adding seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Senior Jose Nouchanthavog (Westbrook, Maine) added 18 points and eight rebounds, and junior Zach Leal (York, Maine) contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Senior forward Ben Jackson (Houston, Texas/Bellaire), making his first start of the season, came up big for the Huskies with a career-high 10 points, while grabbing six rebounds and blocking a trio of shots.

Junior Matt Ozzella (Medway, Mass.) and senior Nate Howard (Cheshire, Conn.) each posted double-doubles. Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Ozzella had 18 points and a game-high 16 boards. Senior Nate Stitchell (Coventry, R.I.) added 15 points, and freshman Ty Nichols (Springfield, Mass./Putnam) scored 10 points in addition to four assists and two steals.

Trailing the Owls by nine, 49-40, after an Ozzella layup, Southern Maine outscored Keene State 15-5 over the next six minutes to grab its first lead of the game since the opening 10 minutes of the first half, 55-54, with 9:06 to play. Six different players contributed to the Huskies' pivotal run, led by four points from Martin and capped by a go-ahead bucket from junior Omar Haji-Hersi (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little).

On its next offensive possession, Southern Maine extended its lead to three points, 57-54, on an offensive rebounds and the put back by Leal, and the game settled into a back and forth contest. Although the game remained a one or two possession game for the final nine minutes of action, Southern Maine never relinquished its lead as the Huskies answered each push from the Owls with timely scores.

An offensive rebound and a layup from Ozzella made it a one-point, 68-67, lead with 1:54 to play, but Leal countered with a jumper for a 70-67 USM advantage with 1:35 on the clock. KSC cut the advantage to one twice in final 90 seconds, but USM got just enough on the free throw line to hold a 71-70 advantage with 22 seconds to play.
Keene State continued to battle and put itself in position to take the win, getting a five-second violation on the Huskies in the closing moments, but USM responded defensively to hold for the win.

Southern Maine returns to action Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) when it travels to Rhode Island College for a Little East Conference game. Keene State hosts Western Connecticut in an LEC game on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.).

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Re: University of Southern Maine - men 2015-2016:

PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:34 pm
by Tom Nolette
UMD Escapes Southern Maine 91-90

GORHAM, Maine – Southern Maine rally from a 16-point second half deficit fell just short in the final play of the game as the Huskies dropped an exciting 91-90 game to the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Fifield Court.

With the win, UMass Dartmouth improves to 9-6 overall and 2-3 in the Little East. Southern Maine has its two-game win streak ended to fall to 8-7 overall and 2-3 in the LEC. The Huskies' last three games have been decided by a total of four points.

UMD senior Jordan Rezendes (Onset, Mass./Wareham) scored game-high 34 points on 12-of-24 shooting to lead all scorers. Rezendes added six rebounds, three steals and a game-high seven assists. Freshman Nick Portelance (Fairhaven, Mass./Greater New Bedford) posted a monster double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Tom Keyes (Fall River, Mass./Bishop Connolly) had nine points, while junior Abi Akanni (Fitchburg, Mass.) added eight points.

Junior Zach Leal (York, Maine) led four USM players in double figures with a career-high 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting, adding six rebounds and two blocked shots. Junior Atencio Martin (Kittery Point, Maine/Traip Academy) added 21 points and seven rebounds, while seniors Jose Nouchanthavong (Westbrook, Maine) and Ben Jackson (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) each scored 12 points.

After Akanni opened with a bucket to start the second half, giving the Corsairs a 16-point advantage 54-38, Southern Maine dug in and battled back to make it a six-point game, 69-63, with 12:52 to play. The Huskies outscored the Corsairs 25-15 during that stretch led by eight points each from Leal and Martin. Martin's three at the 12:52 mark made it a two-possession game.

Both team's battled back and forth and after a layup from Portelance made it 88-81 in favor of the Corsairs with 2:43 to play, Southern Maine used a 6-0 run over the next two minutes to make it a one-point, 88-87, game with 48 seconds to play. Martin, senior Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Nouchanthavong each scored a basket in the run.

With the game in the balance, Rezendes game through for the Corsairs getting the hoop and the harm with a drive to the basket making it a 91-87 with 29 seconds. The Huskies stayed in the game however, getting a turnover on a steal from junior Omar Haji-Hersi (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) and a three from reserve senior Mitch Loeman (Freeport, Maine) with 17 seconds to play to make it 91-90. USM's defensive forced another Corsair turnover with seconds remaining and the Huskies had two looks at the basket in the closing seconds, but could not convert as UMD held for the win.

Southern Maine remains in Little East Conference action when it travels to UMass Boston on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.). UMD faces Rhode Island College on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) in a LEC contest on the road.

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Re: University of Southern Maine - men 2015-2016:

PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:14 am
by Tom Nolette
USM men fall in upset to Rhode Island College in LEC quarterfinals
The Anchormen rally late to stun the second-ranked Huskies.

GORHAM — Even though Rhode Island College had only five wins coming into its Little East Conference men’s basketball quarterfinal Tuesday night against the University of Southern Maine, Huskies Coach Karl Henrikson knew the Anchormen were better than that.

And they certainly proved it.

Malcolm Smith hit two late 3-pointers to cap a second-half comeback that led seventh-ranked Rhode Island College to a 64-63 upset of second-ranked USM at Fifield Court. ... terfinals/
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