Huskies’ Balance Defeats UMPI 93-64

Jeremy Jackson recorded his second straight double double in a win against UMPI
Jeremy Jackson recorded his second straight double double in a win against UMPI

GORHAM, Maine  - Senior forward Jeremy Jackson (Laplace, La./Independence) recorded his second consecutive double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a dominating 93-64 win over the UMaine Presque Isle Owls Sunday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.

         The win is the third straight for Southern Maine and improves its record to 3-0.  The Owls fall to 2-2 with the loss. Southern Maine head coach Karl Henrikson earned his 200th career coaching victory with the win. 

         Jackson was one of four Southern Maine players to crest the double-digit mark.  The 6-5 forward was an outstanding 8-for-10 from the floor and his 14 rebounds were a season-high total.  Senior guard Chris Pagentine (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) added 15 points, while sophomore guard Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.  Junior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) continued his strong play off of the bench with 10 points and five rebounds. 

         UMPI junior guard Gerardo Vasquez (Houston, Texas) led the Owls with 16 poitns, including three three-pointers.  Sophomore guard Aaron Hutchins (East Millinocket, Maine) and junior forward Patrick Manifold (Great Yarmouth, UK) each scored 14 points, while sophomore forward Michael Warner (Norwich, UK) added 13 points and a team-leading five rebounds. 

         The Huskies controlled the game from the start and shot a spectacular 56.5 percent (39-for-69) from the field for the game.  UMPI's Vaquez scored the first points of the game, but the Huskies took the lead over their next two possessions on a slicing play in the paint from Sullivan and a three-pointer from sophomore guard Brandon Tomah (Princeton, Maine/Calais) for a 5-3 lead. 

         Led by 12 points and 10 rebounds from Jackson, Southern Maine held a comfortable 47-35 lead at the break.  The Huskies' blew the game open early in the second half, scoring 18 unanswered points for a 65-35 lead with 14:30 to play.  Pagentine was pivotal in the Huskies' run scoring nine of his 15 points.  The Huskies held the Owls to an 0-for-5 effort from the field during their run and forced the Owls into five turnovers.  With the game in hand, the Huskies led by as many as 34 points en route to the win. 

         Southern Maine hosts Bates College on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.).  UMPI travels to Bowdoin College on Saturday, December 3 (3:00 p.m.).