June 22, 2018
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Husson tops Thomas in conference opener

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Husson University Eagles raced out to a 40-9 halftime lead and cruised past Thomas College 65-24 in a North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball game Tuesday night.

Samira Cruz led 1-2 Husson with 12 points and five rebounds, while Chandler Guerrette and Victoria McIntrye added 11 points each. Stephanie Comstock chipped in nine points for the Eagles, who led 40-9 at halftime.

McIntyre had nine points in the first half while Cruz and Taylor Blood each scored eight points over the game’s first 20 minutes. The Eagles shot 45.2 percent in the opening half while holding Thomas to 25.0 percent.

Katie McAllister led the way for 0-5 Thomas, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Husson’s defense forced 35 turnovers during the game and turned them into 33 points.

UMF 60, Maine Maritime 54

At Farmington, Kennadi Grover’s team-leading 14 points powered the Beavers past Maine Maritime Academy of Castine.

MMA was within 51-50 with 7:09 remaining, but the UMF defense held MMA to six points for the remainder of the game.

Grover scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half and finished 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 from the line. Elizabeth Ferry added eight points and 11 rebounds.

MMA’s Mary Badeen led all scorers with 19 points and added five assists.

Men’s basketball

Point Park 94, UMFK 72

At West Mifflin, Pennsylvania on Monday, Sa’lid Allen scored 25 points and made 5 of 10 3-pointers to lead Point Park University past the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Alan Heter added 13 of his 18 points during the first half as the Pioneers moved out to a 50-31 lead.

UMFK used a 10-2 run to cut its deficit to 64-57 with 11 minutes, 28 seconds left in the game before 7-2 Point Park outscored the 1-4 Bengals 13-4 over the next five minutes to put the game away.

Howland’s Joe McCloskey paced UMFK with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while James Givens added 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Mauro Vicic scored 15 points on five 3-pointers.

Husson 80, Thomas 69

At Waterville, Trevon Butler totaled 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Eagles past Thomas College.

Thomas (1-6) took a 41-36 lead into halftime and expanded it to 46-38 two minutes into the second half.

Husson (3-1) went on a 22-4 run with Aaron Willis scoring nine of his team-high 19 points during the stretch to give Husson a 60-50 lead with 10 minutes left to play.

Thomas rallied within 60-56 with eight minutes left, but a Mitchell Worcester 3-pointer a minute later pushed the lead back to seven.

The Terriers scored the next four points and got within 63-60 with six minutes left, but another Worcester 3-pointer and a Willis layup stretched the lead back to eight.

Husson forced a turnover and Jacob converted on the other end to push the lead to double digits. The Eagles forced another miss and Moore converted another layup to push the lead to 72-60 with under four minutes left.

Willis added seven rebounds and five assists for Husson while Moore and Worcester each finished with 11 points.

Levi Barnes had 34 points to lead Thomas.

Cincinnati 78, Stony Brook 52

Freshman Gary Clark tallied 13 points and eight rebounds as the host Bearcats posted a season-best scoring output in a rout of Seawolves.

Shaq Thomas added a team-high 14 points for Cincinnati (6-1), which matched a season high with eight blocks and shot 52.7 percent from the field after recording a season-low 30.4-percent mark in Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss. Kevin Johnson scored a career-high 12 points while Troy Caupain contributed 10 points and six assists to round out the Bearcats in double figures.

Jameel Warney registered his Division I-best seventh double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Stony Brook (5-3), which fell to 0-3 on the road. Carson Puriefoy chipped in 11 points for the Seawolves.

LSU 82, Massachusetts 60

Junior guard Josh Gray scored 25 points to lead LSU to an 82-60 victory over visiting Massachusetts on Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Gray made 11 of 15 field-goal attempts to lead four players who scored in double figures for LSU (5-2). Sophomore forward Jordan Mickey had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. Sophomore guard Tim Quarterman scored 15 points off the bench, and sophomore forward Jarell Martin added 12 points.

Senior center Cady Lalanne had 16 points and 12 rebounds for UMass (5-3). Senior forward Maxie Esho had 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Trey Davis scored 11 points, and junior guard Derrick Gordon had 10.

LSU raced out to an 8-0 lead over the first 2:14, but Massachusetts slowly chipped away, tying the game at 24-24 on a basket by Gordon with 8:23 to play in the opening half.

The Tigers quickly regained control, staging a 17-2 run to take a commanding 41-26 lead on a jumper by Gray with 2:45 remaining.

The Tigers led 44-32 at the break after shooting 52.8 percent from the field. The Minutemen shot 44.8 percent in the first half but committed 11 turnovers.

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