By Erin Brown, Sports Editor
Named after the late Dr. Richard Costello, former USM Athletic Director and basketball coach, the Costello Cup has been passed back and forth between the University of Southern Maine and the St. Joseph’s College’s Monks for 28 years now. The Huskies reclaimed the Costello Cup for the first time since the 2014-2015 season with a close 74-72 victory over the Monks. An impressive feat for the Huskies was that three players’ points were in double digits.
Southern Maine led throughout the entire first half of the game, but St. Joseph’s didn’t let the point margin become too wide. The Huskies headed to the locker room for halftime with the slight edge over the Monks, 37-33. USM controlled the game just by a hair until almost halfway through the second half when the Monks tightened up the score and eventually took a slight lead. It boiled down to the last 14 seconds the Huskies held a two-point lead over the Monks when a missed three point jump shot by a St. Joseph sophomore and a defensive rebound by senior James Starks III (Miami, FL/ Miami Killian Senior) sealed the deal on the Costello Cup for the Huskies.
Captain Zach Leal (York, ME/ York) continues to find success on the court as he led the team with 23 points. Starks followed in points with 17 for the evening, Starks has proven to be a powerful addition to this Huskies team in his first season. Senior Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, ME/ Poland) was the third player for the Huskies to rack up double-digits in this matchup when he scored 13 points during play.
Men’s basketball will return to the Hill Gymnasium on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.. to take on the University of Maine Farmington Beavers.