Feb. 15, 2011
GORHAM, ME - Senior forward Otis Smith (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Ocoee) scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead four players in double-figures as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the UMass Boston Beacons 72-54 in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.
The win snaps a nine-game losing streak for the Huskies who improve their record to 10-14 overall and 2-11 in the LEC. The win also avenges a 76-75 loss to the Beacons earlier in the season. The loss drops UMass Boston to 8-16 overall and 2-11 in the LEC.
Smith was 6-for-13 from the field and led the game in both points and rebounds. Junior guard Mike Poulin (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) added 13 points and seven assists, while junior guard Chris Pagentine (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) tossed in 12 points and grabbed five rebounds. Sophomore guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) chipped in with 11 points.
Junior guard Michael Mitchell Jr. (Boston, Mass./Wayland) led the Beacons with 13 points and four steals. Junior guard Isaac Jenkins (Pordenone, Italy/Savio Prep) added 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds off of the bench.
After starting an ice-cold 0-8 from the field with four turnovers in the first four minutes of the game, Southern Maine trailed the Beacons 7-0 early. The Huskies rallied however with an 18-2 run over the next six minutes to surge ahead of UMass Boston for an 18-9 lead with 9:32 to play. Five different players scored in the game-changing run for USM, led by five points each from Smith and Pagentine.
Southern Maine continued to pour on the points the remainder of the half outscoring the Beacons 24-13 for a commanding 42-22 lead at the break. Poulin scored all 13 of his points in the half, while Smith scored 10 of his 15. The Huskies scored 18 of their 42 first half points off of turnovers as they forced UMass Boston into 12 first half turnovers.
In the second half, USM outscored the Beacons 22-7 in the opening seven minutes capped by a three-pointer from senior guard Luke Pollock (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) to lead 54-29 with 13:15 and had the game in hand. From there the Huskies led by as many as 30 points and the Beacons never got any closer than 21 points with less than a minute to play.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) when they travel to Eastern Connecticut for its final game of the season. UMass Boston hosts Western Connecticut State on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
*Release content provided courtesy of USM Sports Information Dept.