Led by 16 points and nine rebounds from sophomore guard Brandon Tomah (Princeton, Maine/Calais) three players scored in double-figures as the Huskies improved their record to 4-0 on the season. The Bobcats fall to 1-2 with the loss.
With the score knotted up at 53-53 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation the Huskies got the job done on the free throw line and outscored the Bobcats 9-4 down the stretch. Senior guard Chris Pagentine (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) broke the tie connecting on a clutch three-point basket with 2:43 to play to put USM up 56-53, but the Huskies' lead was short lived as senior forward Reid Christian (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) drained a three of his own for the tenth tie score of the game with 2:27 to play.
After missed possessions on either side of the ball, sophomore guard Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) gave the Huskies the lead 58-56 with a running jumper in the paint. Bates' sophomore guard Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) pulled his team to within one with one of two free throws with 30 seconds remaining, but it was as close as the Bobcats would get. Forced to foul, Bates' put Huskies' junior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) on the free throw line twice and he made all four of his shots as the Huskies outscored Bates 4-2 in the final seconds of play.
Pagentine and senior forward Jeremy Jackson (Laplace, La./Independence) each had 13 points for the Huskies. Jackson matched Tomah on the boards to share game-high honors with nine rebounds and added three steals, two assists and one blocked shot.
Junior guard Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) led all scorers with 20 points for Bates on a 9-for-15 effort from the field. Christian was the only other Bates player in double-digits with 12 points.
Southern Maine returns to action at St. Joseph's College on Sunday (7:30 p.m.). Bates hosts Thomas College on Tuesday (8:00 p.m.).