BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University men’s basketball team will play the 2012-13 schedule without a key team member.
Husson on Monday announced that senior guard Daeshawn McMorrin has been sidelined by a career-ending knee injury.
“Daeshawn is the most competitive student-athlete in our program,” Eagles head coach Warren Caruso said in a news release. “He went hard every drill, every practice and every game.”
McMorrin, a 6-footer from Naugatuck, Conn., attended Bridgton Academy before going to Husson. Last season, he started all 28 games for Husson and logged a team-high 28.6 minutes per contest.
McMorrin averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds, along with 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals on his way to earning All-North Atlantic Conference second-team recognition.
“We are disappointed for Dae, as no one has worked harder than he has to prepare for this season,” Caruso said. “He is a winner, and his energy and drive will be missed daily this season.”
Injuries have limited McMorrin’s career at Husson; he sat out his sophomore season after undergoing surgery on both of his thumbs.
The Eagles, who lost their opener to Keene State last week, must now regroup and find another guard to fill McMorrin’s spot. Husson returns to action Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with a home game against Saint Joseph’s College of Standish.
McFarland shines for Bentley
Tyler McFarland is off to a strong start playing for Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.
The freshman from Rockport was named the Northeast-10 Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week on Monday. McFarland, a 6-foot-5-inch forward, provided 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in a 62-56 victory over Merrimack College.
Through five games, he is averaging 12.4 points per contest and leads the Falcons in rebounds (7.6 per game) and blocked shots (6). McFarland has converted 16 of 19 free throws (.842) to top Bentley in all three categories and also has logged a team-high 31.6 minutes played per game.
Division II Bentley is 3-2 going into Wednesday’s game at St. Michael’s (Vt.).
In 2011, McFarland was named Mr. Maine Basketball, an honor bestowed on the state’s top senior player. The three-time Bangor Daily News All-Maine choice averaged 24.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.8 blocks per game for coach Jeff Hart’s Windjammers, who went undefeated for the second time in three seasons.
McFarland spent last year prepping at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass.
USM slates Husky Heroes banquet
University of Southern Maine basketball All-American Ashley Marble and longtime Huskies women’s basketball coach Gary Fifield will be among those honored when USM recognizes its Husky Heroes.
Athletic director Al Bean, former AD and coach Richard “Doc” Costello and USM’s 1987 field hockey team will be recognized during a banquet Friday at the Portland Club.
The event, sponsored by the USM athletics department and MACPAGE LLC, begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, comedian Jimmy Dunn and the awards ceremony.
Marble, a product of Woodland High School, was a two-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division III All-American. She helped the Huskies amass a 119-10 record with a national championship game appearance among two Final Four visits.
Marble is USM’s career leader in points (1,981) and rebounds (1,157) and holds the single-season mark for points (693) and scoring average (23.1), both during the 2006-07 season.
She was a three-time Little East Conference Player of the Year and the Division III national player of the year chosen by D3hoops.com and Women’s DIII News in 2007.
Fifield has been among the most successful coaches at any level during more than 25 years at the school.
His teams have registered more than 600 victories while making 25 NCAA Division III tournament appearances, including five Final Fours and three title games. USM has been to the Elite Eight 10 times and the Sweet 16 on 16 occasions.
The 13-time LEC Coach of the Year recipient has led the Huskies to a 273-31 conference record and 19 league championships.
Costello, for whom USM’s athletic complex is named, worked at USM for more than 50 years. He helped the league grow, serving as the LEC commissioner and helping it expand to seven sports.
Costello, a member of four halls of fame, helped USM go from two sports to 12 in a span of 35 years and is the only coach in NCAA history to win 200 games coaching men’s and women’s basketball.
Bean has been at USM for 40 years, including the last 20 as its athletic director. He also served as the LEC commissioner and furthered its expansion to 17 sports.
He has been a student-athlete, assistant coach, sports information director, conference publicist, assistant AD at USM.
Tickets for the Husky Heroes banquet are $35 each or $500 for a table of 10. For more information, contact Meredith Bradley Bickford at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 207-239-1726.