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Men’s basketball dominates Farmington

Carly Coombs

Posted on December 10, 2016 in Sports
By USM Free Press

By River Plouffe Vogel, Free Press Staff

The University of Southern Maine Huskies faced off in Gorham on Tuesday night, Dec.  6. The Huskies played in-state competition, trouncing University of Maine Farmington, 93-65. The Huskies moved to 4-4 on the season, and after two tough losses the big win should help the team’s confidence improve moving forward. Despite losing by almost 20 points at home to Eastern Connecticut State only a few days earlier, USM looked fresh and ready to play. Farmington is not in the same conference as USM, which typically plays harder ranked opponents, still UMaine Farmington has a strong program and often gives the Huskies a competitive game.

USM  started out with  an early lead, outscoring Farmington by almost 20 points when the first half came to a close. Senior James Starks led the huskies with 11 points and 6 rebounds at the half and was a vocal leader on the court. Starks finished with 18 total points and 12 rebounds. Starks, who just transferred from Miami, Florida, has multiple double-double games this season and is currently leading the Huskies overall in rebounding and second in scoring. Christian McCue, a Junior from Hampden academy and Zach Leal, a  Senior from York also had strong first halves, which helped the Huskies pull away and stay ahead. McCue finished with 16 points and shot 4-8 from downtown, and Leal, the team’s leading scorer through 8 games this season, finished with 13 points.

The Huskies started the second half the way they finished the first and quickly jumped ahead by 30 points and maintained that lead for the rest of the game. The Huskies shot almost 50 percent for the entire game and their only mistakes came from unforced turnovers. Isaac Withham and Amir Moss both tallied 13 points for UM Farmington, and Riley Robertson finished with 10 points. In an interview with Head Coach Karl Henrikson, said he was pleased with his teams offense and spoke about the importance of winning games like this in dominant  fashion. Moving forward he felt the team’s biggest area of improvement was  defensive rebounding. The Huskies are will take a few weeks off for the holiday season, but will be back on the court for the Salem State Holiday Classic Dec. 29th at Salem State.

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