GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Jacobe Thomas (Houston, Texas/Davis) had his second consecutive 30-plus point game to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 98-91 win over the St. Joseph's College Monks Sunday evening at SJC.
Thomas scored a game and career-high 37 points to lead USM to the come-from-behind win, improving the Huskies record to 4-3 overall. The Monks are 1-4 with the loss.
Thomas was 15-for-26 from the field for the 37 points, which is tied for 10th in USM single-game records. The last Husky men's basketball player to score 37 points was Corteze Isaac against Western Connecticut in 2010. The Huskies' single-game record for points is 47 set by Mike Fennessey in 1992 vs. Plymouth State. Adding six rebounds and four steals, Thomas was one of four Huskies in double-figures scoring. DJ Anderson (Houston, Texas/Davis) added 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while senior Jay Roberts (Suwanee, Ga./Fanglier) and Derek Haney (Auburn, Calif./Placer) each had 10 points. Roberts added eight rebounds and four steals.
SJC's Jack Casale led the Monks with 33 points on 11-for-20 shooting, making it a doube-double with 10 rebounds. David Keohan added 19 points, seven boards and five assists, while Griffin Foley had 18 points and six assists. Nicholas Curtis added 15 points and five assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- SJC raced out to a 16-2 lead in the opening four minutes of the game making six of its first seven field goal attempts. Casale scored six points in the opening run. After two free throws from Keohan at the 16-minute mark made it 16-2 in favor of SJC, USM scored its first field goal on a layup from freshman Cameron Wood (Winthrop, Maine) since the opening 90 seconds.
- The Monks maintained a double-digit advantage and led USM 22-11 with 11:39 left in the half before the Huskies outscored SJC 19-8 over the next five and half minutes to tie the score up at 30 with 5:52 to play in the half. Thomas has 12 of USM's points in the run.
- Both teams traded baskets and the score remained tied, 34-34, with minutes to go before SJC closed the half on a 7-2 run to take a 41-36 lead into the break. Casale and Keohan accounted for all of the Monks' points.
- SJC started the second half hot again and led by 12, 66-54, on a three from Casale with 11:28 to play. USM's Anderson hit a three that brought the Huskies back to life and USM chipped away at the Monks lead and pulled to within a point, 73-72, on a layup from Thomas with 6:43 to play as part of a 16-7 run.
- The Huskies' stayed within a possession of the Monks over the next several minutes. SJC's Casale and Keohan extended their team's lead to 81-75 on a pair of free throws and a layup respectively at the 3:09 mark.
- Down two possessions, Anderson came through in the clutch scoring five straight points for the Huskies on a three and a layup to again make it a one-point game before Haney hit a go-ahead three with 2:20 to play for an 83-81 USM lead – its first of the game.
- After Haney's three, Casale answered right back for the Monks with a three of his own and an 84-83 Monk advantage, but USM Keenan Hendricks (Owls Head, Maine) sank a three to start a pivotal 9-0 run to give the Huskies the game. After Henricks' three, Roberts came up with a steal and a layup and Thomas scored the next four straight for a 92-84 lead with 33 second to play. From there USM converted at the free throw line (6-for-6) for the 98-91 final.
Southern Maine is back in action on the road Wednesday (7:30 pm) at UMass Boston for an LEC contest.