|University of Southern Maine||Salem State University|
SALEM, Mass. – Junior Shaquan Murray (Boston, Mass./New Mission) and senior Marcus Faison (Cambridge, Mass./Cambridge Rindge & Latin) each scored 16 points to lead five players in double figures as the Salem State University Vikings defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 91-60 in the final game of the Salem State Holiday Classic.
With the win, Salem State earned its second straight win to even its record to 6-6. Southern Maine drops its third straight game and stands at 4-7 on the season.
Murray was 7-for-10 from the field, while Faison was 8-for-13 from the field and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to earn a double-double for Salem State. Sophomore Alexander Santos (Lawrence, Mass.) was 4-for-6 from three-point territory to toss in 14 points, adding four assists, while Sophomore Tyreik McCauley (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) and freshman Sean Bryan (Lowell, Mass.) scored 11 and 10 points respectively.
Southern Maine seniors Zach Leal (York, Maine) and Jacob Littlefield (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland Regional) each scored 13 points to pace the Huskies. Leal had seven rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and a steal, while Littlefield dished out a career-best six assists.
Led by 14 first half points from Murray, Salem State jumped out to a 44-22 lead at the half. The Vikings shot an outstanding 54.3 percent (19-for-35) from the field, and 6-for-12 from three-point range. Murray, Santos and McCauley each had two three-pointers in the opening stanza. Conversely, the Huskies struggle to hit its shots shooting just 10-for-30 from the floor (33.3 percent).
The Huskies fared better in the second half shooting just under 50 percent (15-for-31), but the Vikings remained equally as hot from the floor shooting 19-for-33 (57.5 percent) to outscore USM 47-for-38 in the second half. Santos had eight of his 14 in the second half for Salem State, while Littlefield had nine points for USM.