DANBURY, Conn. – Jaheim Young had a team-high 15 points to lead six players in double-figures as the Western Connecticut State University Colonials defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 94-80 in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena.
With the win, Western Connecticut improves to 12-6 overall and 6-3 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine dips to 7-10 and 2-7 in the LEC with the loss. WestConn
Young led the Colonials on 5-of-13 shooting adding five rebounds. Jordon Brown had 12 points and seven rebounds off of the bench, while Legend Johnson added 11 points and seven rebounds also as a reserve. Fenton Bradley, Shea Tracy and Tracy Cleckley each scored 10 points, while Bradley added nine boards, four assists and three steals.
Southern Maine senior Derek Haney (Auburn, Calif./Placer) led all scorers with a career-best 24 points. Haney was 9-for-16 from the field, including a 4-for-7 mark from three-point range. Sophomore Jacobe Thomas (Houston, Texas/Davis) added 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals, while senior Jaire Roberts (Warrenton, Va.) added a double-double on 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Roberts added four assists, three blocked shots and two steals. Junior Kylani Lafleur (Dover, N.H./Portsmouth Christian) was the fourth Husky in double-figures with 10 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Young led WestConn with 11 points in the first half as the Colonials took a slim 46-40 lead into the halftime break. The Huskies led by seven, 25-18, with 12:20 to play in the first when Roberts completed a traditional three-point play before WestConn rattled off a 7-0 run to knot the score up at 25 with 10:33 on the clock.
- USM trailed by two, 40-28, with 2:10 left in the first on an offensive rebound and a put-back from Thomas, but the Colonials closed the half on a 6-2 run for the halftime lead.
- The Huskies stayed close with the Colonials in the second half. Two free throws from Thomas folloed by a three from Haney made it a two-point game, 67-65, with 9:44 left in regulation. However, after the Haney three, USM went cold from the field making just 1-of-7 field goals with four turnovers over the next seven minutes as Colonials lead surged to 20, 92-72 with 2:32 to play.
- The Colonials won the turnover battle 22-9 and scored 31 of their points off of USM's turnovers. WestConn also held a 48-38 lead in rebounds, including an 18-5 margin on the offensive glass. The Colonials scored 23 second-chance buckets.
Southern Maine hosts UMass Boston on Wednesday (7:30 pm) in a Little East Conference game. Southern Maine will be celebrating its annual Town of Gorham Night and will feature a pre-game scrimmage from the Gorham Recreation Third and Fourth Grade teams, and in-game raffles and prizes. The first 100 fans through the gate will receive a free piece of Husky memorabilia.