Huskies Fall to Clark (Mass.) 82-62 at The Big Easy Challenge

Jackson finished the season with a team-leading eight double doubles.
Jackson finished the season with a team-leading eight double doubles.
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Senior guard Travis Curley (Trumbull, Conn./Proctor Academy) scored a game-high 23 points to lead four players in double figures as the Clark University (Mass.) Cougars rolled to an 82-62 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies at The Big Easy Challenge at the Alario Events Center in New Orleans, La.

         The loss is the second straight for the Huskies who fall to 6-4 overall.  Clark improves to 7-4 with the win.  

         Curley was 9-for-13 from the field and knocked down 5-of-8 three-pointers as the Cougars shot 62.5 percent (35-for-56) from the field in the win.  Senior forward Mitch Renshaw (Rutland, Mass./Wachusett Regional) added 15 points on an outstanding 7-for-11 effort from the field.  Senior forward DJ Bailey (Palmer, Mass.) tossed in 13 points off of the bench and junior guard Tucker Esborn (Branford, Conn./Avon Old Farms) added 10 points.

         Southern Maine senior forward Jeremy Jackson (Laplace, La./Independence) led the Huskies with 17 points and six rebounds – both team-high totals.  Jackson was 8-for-15 from the field. Sophomore guard Brandon Tomah (Princeton, Maine/Calais) added 13 points and four assists. Junior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) added eight points, six assists and three steals. 

         The Huskies opened the game on a good note as Tomah sank one of his three three-point field goals on his team's first possession.  Southern Maine maintained its lead for the opening 12 minutes of the first half and led by as many as 10 points, 21-11, with 12:25 on the clock after Tomah's second three of the first half. 

         Following Tomah's three however, the Cougars closed out the half outscoring USM 31-7 to take a 42-28 lead at the break.  Curley was instrumental in the Cougars' rally scoring 13 of his 23 points in the run.

         In the second half, the Cougars continued to pour on the points.  The Huskies were able to cut the Clark lead to eight, 51-42, with 13:16 to play, but the Cougars quickly grabbed a 21-point, 65-44, lead on the heels of a 14-1 run.  Five different players scored in the run for the Cougars, led by five points from Renshaw.  The Huskies were unable to get closer than 20 points the rest of the way.

         Southern Maine continues in action on Thursday (4:00 CST) against the Birmingham-Southern Panthers.