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Women’s basketball edges Colby 57-46, while Men fall short, 71-70.

Erin Brown

Posted on February 08, 2016 in Sports Feature
By USM Free Press

Erin Brown

By Nicolas Beauchesne

Tuesday night both women’s and men’s basketball tipped off against the Colby College Mules. The women improved their record to 12-8 after their 57-46 victory, in a game that went back and forth until the Huskies pulled away in the final quarter.

The Huskies got off to a hot start, leading the Mules 16-5 after the first quarter of play. Colby rallied in the second, scoring 19 points and only allowing Southern Maine eight in the quarter. As they closed the first half, the Huskies and Mules were tied up at 24.

The Mules applied pressure coming out of halftime and were able to take advantage of the third quarter as well, outscoring the Huskies 15-10 in the frame.

USM came back in full force for the final quarter of play. Trailing 39-34 going into the quarter, Southern Maine outscored the Mules 23 to 7 in the final ten minutes of play.

Eight of Southern Maine’s fourth quarter points came from the free throw line. USM went 8 for 13 in free throws in the fourth quarter and 15 for 21 throughout the entire game.

The two leading point scorers from Southern Maine both aided in the pivotal fourth quarter. Senior Megan Pelletier(Winslow, Maine/Messalonskee) lead both teams in scoring with 16 points for the evening. Pelletier put up eight of those baskets in the fourth quarter. Fellow senior Ella Ramonas (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored 12 points for the Huskies, seven of which she tallied in the fourth quarter.

Colby Sophomore Haley Driscoll lead the Mules’ scoring, picking up 12 points for the evening. Despite their pressure in the second and third quarters, the Mules fell to the Huskies dropping their second straight, bringing their record  to 11-9.

Men’s team falls 71-70

The men’s teams took the court at 7:30 to finish up the double-header at Costello Sports Complex. Both teams started the evening with a 12-8 record, but Colby’s late bucket in the final seconds snapped Southern Maine’s four game win streak, dropping the Huskies to 12-9.

Southern Maine jumped out early, taking a 37-32 lead at the half. The two teams were neck and neck for the majority of play.  The largest lead of the game was only eleven points, which the Huskies had toward the end of the first half.

Throughout the game the lead changed hands 18 times, until finally, with 51 seconds remaining in regulation, Colby sophomore Pat Dickert drained a jump shot that gave the Mules the lead for good.

Junior Atencio Martin(Kittery, Maine/Traip Academy) lead the Huskies with 17 points. Martin was one of five Huskies who had a double-digit point night. Senior Jose Nouchanthavong (Westbrook, Maine) tallied 14, with senior Cole Libby (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) added 13. Juniors Zach Leal (York, Maine) and Omar Haji Hersi (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) had ten apiece.

Both teams return home Wednesday, February 10th for a double header against conference opponent UMass-Boston. The women play at 5:30, followed by the men at 7:30.



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