UNE Pulls Away From Southern Maine 81-73

UNE Pulls Away From Southern Maine 81-73

 

BIDDEFORD, Maine  – Alex Kravchuck scored a game-high 24 points and the University of New England Nor'easters stayed just ahead of the University of Southern Maine Huskies to earn an 81-73 win in a non-conference men's basketball game Tuesday night at Harold Alfond Arena. 

The win is the first of the season for UNE which evens its record at 1-1.  Southern Maine, playing in its season-opener, starts the 2019-2020 season at 0-1.  

Kravchuck was one of three UNE players in double-figures shooting 6-for-10 from the field (3-for-6 from three) and 9-for-11 from the free throw line.  He added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Ric Castillo added 11 points and five rebounds, shooting 5-for-8 from the floor, while Ray Evans added 10 points. 

Southern Maine had a well-balanced attack in its opener with four players reaching double-digits in scoring led by 15 points from sophomore Jacobe Thomas (Houston, Texas / Benjamin O. Davis). Junior DJ Anderson (Houston, Texas / Davis) added 12 points, while seniors Keenan Hendricks (Owls Head, Maine / Oceanside) and Derek Haney (Auburn, Calif. / Placer) tossed in 11 points each.  Freshman Cameron Wood (Winthrop, Maine / Winthrop) had a strong collegiate debut with eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Seven of Wood's rebounds were on the offensive glass. Anderson added six rebounds and two assists, while Hendricks and Thomas each had four assists. 

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

  • The first half saw a lot of back-and-forth action between the two teams with neither team leading by more than two possessions. Down three (34-31) to the Nor'easters after a layup from Castillo (4:23), Anderson drained a three for the Huskies to knot the score up. 
  • With the scored tied at 34, both teams exchanged baskets and a jumper from USM's Haney made it 38-38 with 2:29 to play before UNE took the final five points of the half to lead at the break 43-38. Kravchuck hit a three as time expired to give the Nor'easters the five-point advantage. 
  • Hendricks hit a three to start the second half for USM pulling the Huskies to within a possession, 43-41 (18:03), but UNE responded with a 5-1 min-run to go up by two possessions, 48-42, with 16:52 to play and remained in front of the Huskies by at least two possessions the rest of the contests. 

INSIDE THE STATS: 

  • Southern Maine shot well from the field connecting on 26-of-62 from the field (41.9 percent), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (9-for-18). Hendricks had three three-pointers on 3-for-5 shooting, while Anderson had two on 2-for-4 shooting.
  • Both teams were even on the rebounds at 37-37.  Wood led all rebounders with 12 for the Huskies. 
  • Southern Maine's bench combined to score 31 points to UNE's 23.  Thomas led the Husky reserves with his team high 15 points. 

UP NEXT: 

Southern Maine heads to Thomas College this weekend for the Thomas Tip Off Tournament.  The Huskies will face UMaine Fort Kent on Friday (5:30 pm) and then take on UMaine Machias on Saturday (12:00 pm).  

  

 

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