DANBURY, Conn. – Senior forward Gary Robinson (Torrington, Conn./Hotchkiss) scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Western Connecticut State University Colonials defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 88-58 in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena in Danbury, Conn.
With the win, Western Connecticut improves to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine slips to 6-3 and 0-2 in the LEC with the loss.
Junior guard Ryan Pelletier (Wolcott, Conn.) added 13 points and five rebounds and senior guard DaQuan Brooks (Atlanta, Ga./Bristol Central) scored 12. Sophomore center James Barnes (Middletown, Conn./Xavier) chipped in with 10 points.
Senior forward Jeremy Jackson (Laplace, La./Independence) led all scorers with 21 points and added a game-high 12 rebounds. The 6-5 forward also had two assists, two blocked shots and two steals. Junior Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) was the only other Husky in double figures with 12 points. Kee added eight rebounds and six assists.
Led by 10 points from Pelletier, Western Connecticut took a commanding 40-23 lead into the halftime break thanks in part to a solid defensive effort. The Colonials held USM to just 8-of-26 from the field (30.8 percent). Conversely, the Colonials shot a solid 15-for-33 from the floor (45.5 percent).
The Colonials remained comfortably ahead of the Huskies and sealed the win midway through the second half. Leading 55-39 following a layup from USM's Jackson, the Colonials outscored the Huskies 19-3 during a six-minute stretch to lead 74-43 with 6:49 to play. Western Connecticut led by as many as 34 points, 81-47, with 3:16 on the clock and the Huskies were never able to get any closer than 29 points the rest of the way en route to the win.
Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday, December 28 at the Big Easy Challenge in New Orleans, La. The Huskies will face Clark (Mass.) at 6:00 p.m. Western Connecticut is in action vs. Clark on Monday (6:30 p.m.).