|University of Southern Maine||Endicott College|
SALEM, Mass. – Seniors Max Motroni (West Warwick, R.I./Milton Academy) and Kamahl Walker (Worcester, Mass./Bridgton Academy) combined for 39 points to lead the Endicott College Gulls to a 73-62 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference men’s basketball game Thursday evening in the first game of the Salem State Holiday Classic.
With the win, Endicott, which is in the also receiving votes category in both the d3hoops.com and NABC Division III polls, improves to 7-2 on the season. Southern Maine dips to 4-6 with its second consecutive loss.
Walker scored 18 of his 19 points in the first half, while Motroni scored15 of his team-high 20 points in the first half to help the Gulls to a commanding 49-25 lead at the break. Walker and Motroni were the only two Gulls in double figures for the game. Freshman Keith Brown (Pelham, N.H.) had eight points and six rebounds off of the bench, while senior Chris Lipscomb (West Springfield, Mass.) had six points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Southern Maine senior Zach Leal (York, Maine) led all scorers with 25 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field. Leal added eight rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Senior James Starks III (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) tossed in 15 points, and grabbed nine rebounds. Senior Jalen Lincoln (Nobleboro, Maine/Lincoln Academy) and junior Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) each had six points.
With the game tied at 12 with 13:20 to play in the first half, Endicott College outscored Southern Maine 37-13 to close out the half and head into the locker room up 49-25. Walker scored 16 points in the pivotal run, canning four three-pointers along the way.
The Huskies put together a strong second half, outscoring the Gulls 37-24, and pulled to within eight, 66-58, with 4:56 to play on a layup from Leal, but the Huskies were never able to get any closer the rest of the way as the Gulls closed the game out on a 7-4 run.
Southern Maine and Endicott return to action on Friday in the second day of the Salem State Holiday Classic. The Huskies will face host Salem State at 7:00 p.m., while Endicott will play Regis (Mass.) at 5:00 p.m.