Tomah Scores a Career-High 21 to Lead USM Past UMaine Farmington 77-61

Brandon Tomah scored a career-high 21 point
Brandon Tomah scored a career-high 21 point
FARMINGTON, Maine –  Sophomore guard Brandon Tomah (Princeton, Maine/Calais) scored a career-high 21 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field including a scorching 5-for-6 mark from three-point range as the University of Southern Maine Huskies overcame a hot start from the UMaine Farmington Beavers to earn a 77-61 win in a non-conference men's basketball game Tuesday night at Dearborn Gymnasium in Farmington, Maine.

         With the win, Southern Maine improves to 6-2 on the season.  The loss erases a two-game win streak for the Beavers who fall to 2-4.

         On the heels of some hot three-point shooting and a stagnant USM offense, the Beavers lead the Huskies by 12, 30-18, with 5:36 to play in the half.  Sophomore guard Pet Sumner (Cramerton, N.C./Gaston Day) led the way for the Beavers canning three three-pointers and scoring 13 of his 15 points in the first half.  The Huskies rallied however closing out the half on a powerful 23-5 run to lead UMaine Farmington 41-35 at the break.  Tomah led the Husky comeback scoring 14 of his game-high 21 points, knocking down four three-pointers.

         The Huskies quickly extended their lead to 13 points outscoring UMF 12-5 in the opening three and a half minutes of the second half capped by a jumper from senior guard Chris Pagentine (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson). 

         The Beavers trimmed their deficit to seven with a small 9-3 run to trail 56-49 with 13:33, but the Huskies quickly closed the door on any thoughts of a comeback outscoring UMF 12-0 over the next 4:38 to lead 68-49 with 8:55 remaining.  Four different players scored for the Huskies in the decisive run led by five points from senior forward Jeremy Jackson (Laplace, La./Independence).  From there the Huskies never led by less than 15 points the rest of the game en route to the win.

         Tomah finished the game with 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals as four USM players scored in double figures.  Pagentine and junior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) each scored 13 points, while Jackson added 12.  Kee had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

         Sumner and sophomore center Ben Johnson (Manchester, Maine/Maranacook) each had 15 points for the Beavers.  Freshman forward Joe McCloskey (Howland, Maine/Penobscot Valley) added seven points, while Johnson recorded a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds.

         Southern Maine travels to Western Connecticut State on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference game.  UMaine Farmington travel to New England College on Friday (5:30 p.m.).