|Eastern Connecticut State University||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Hugh Lindo (Enfield, Conn.) had a monster double-double with a team-high 17 points and a game-high 25 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards, to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors to a 73-51 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Fifield Court.
Extending its win streak to two games, Eastern Connecticut improves to 3-4 overall, and moves to 1-0 in the Little East. Southern Maine suffers its second consecutive loss to dip to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Lindo led three players in double figures and helped the Warriors to 30 second-chance points with his offensive rebounding efforts. Sophomore Tyrell Arnum (Bloomfield, Conn./East Catholic) had 15 points and seven rebounds on a 7-for-9 shooting mark, while junior Tarchee Brown (Rockville, Conn.) added 11 points. Sophomore Lionel Hyatt (Greenwich, Conn.) added eight points and 10 rebounds, including six offensive boards, off of the bench.
Senior James Starks III (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian Senior) led the Huskies with a double-double on 18 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Zach Leal (York, Maine) and Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) each scored eight points.
Leal added six points, one assist, one blocked shot and one steal.
Southern Maine scored the first points of the game on a layup from Leal in the Huskies’ first possession, but the Warriors rattled off 12 straight points to lead 12-2 with 14:03 to play in the first and never trailed the rest of the way for the win.
Brown had for points in the opening run, while Arnum had five. The Huskies cut the Warriors advantage to seven, 18-11, with 8:19 left in the half on another layup from Leal, but the Warriors responded and led 32-21 at the break.
In the second half, USM made it a three-possession game twice. A Starks layup with 15:23 on the clock made it 40-31, and a three from sophomore Kevin Weisser (Windham, Maine) made it 48-39 in favor of the Warriors at the 11:38 mark, but Eastern Connecticut answered each time. After the Weisser three, ECSU used a 12-2 run to balloon its lead to 60-41. Four different Warriors scored in the run, which was capped by a three from junior Kendall Marquez (Willimantic, Conn./Windham). The Huskies never got closer the rest of the way as ECSU secured the win.