Southern Maine Defeats UMaine Presque Isle 87-48

Suliivan had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Suliivan had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine  –  Senior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) scored a game-high 24 points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies men's basketball team to an 87-48 win over the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls in the final game of the Star City Classic in Presque Isle, Maine.

         The win is the second straight for the Huskies who improve to 2-0 on the season.  UMPI falls to 1-1 with the loss.

         Kee was 7-for-12 from the field and an outstanding 10-for-10 from the free throw line.  He added six rebounds and three steals.  Junior guard Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) recorded his first double-double of the season with 19 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Sullivan was 7-for-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from three-point range.

         Senior center Patrick Manifold (Great Yarmouth, UK) led the Owls with 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.  Senior guard Gerardo Vasquez (Houston, Texas) chipped in with eight points, while junior guard Claude Louis  (Union, N.J.) added seven points and seven rebounds.

         The Huskies were bolstered by a strong 47.5 percent shooting performance knocking down 29-of-61 shots for the game.  Southern Maine was equally as successful at the free throw line making 23-of-29 attempts (79.3 percent).  The Huskies played well defensive forcing the Owls into 21 turnovers and scoring 23 of their 87 points off of Owl miscues.

         Ahead 39-35 with 14:05 left in the game, the Huskies shut the door on the Owls with an overwhelming 23-4 run for a commanding 62-39 lead with 8:00 to play.  Seven different players scored for the Huskies in the decisive run, led by five points from Sullivan. From there the Huskies held the Owls to just nine more points the rest of the way for the win. 

         Southern Maine travels to Bates on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.).  UMPI hosts Southern Maine Community College on Sunday (2:00 p.m.).