No. 25 Eastern Connecticut Pulls Away From Southern Maine 58-44

Alex Kee led the Huskies with 14 points.
Alex Kee led the Huskies with 14 points.
GORHAM, Maine – Senior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, N.Y.) scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in pivotal 19-2 run in the final 10 minutes of the second half to deliver a 58-44 win for the nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.

         The Warriors remain undefeated in the Little East with a 7-0 mark and improve to 14-1 overall.  Southern Maine falls to 7-9 on the season and 1-6 in conference action. 

         Trailing the Huskies by three, 42-39, with 10:08 to play, the Warriors clamped down defensively to hold the Huskies to just a single field goal over the final 10 minutes of play to grab their 13th consecutive win.  A traditional three-point play from senior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury, Conn./Nonnewaug) ignited a 10-0 spurt to put the Warriors ahead 49-42 with 7:18 to play.  After Levy tied the score with a layup and a free throw, Nedwick sank the go-ahead basket from three-point territory.  Levy followed with another bucket in the paint and Nedwick cut back-door for two more to cap the 10-0 spurt.

         Husky junior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine/Morse) halted the Eastern Connecticut run with a driving jumper in traffic to pull USM to within two possessions, 49-44, with 6:59 to play, but Nedwick ripped off five straight points on his second three-pointer of the game and a pair of free throws to lead 54-44 with 3:51 to play.  The Warriors outscored USM 4-0 over the final minutes of play. Following Kee's runner in the paint, the Huskies were 0-4 from the field while committing six of their 18 turnovers in the contest. 

         Nedwick finished the game 9-for-18 from the field and 2-for-5 from three-point territory.  He added five rebounds, five steals and two assists.  Levy was 5-for-12 from the floor for 11 points, while senior forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia, Conn./Coventry) chipped in with 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals.

         Kee led the Huskeis with 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field.  Senior guard Chris Pagentine (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) and senior forward Jeremy Jackson (Laplace, La./Independence) each scored eight points.   

         Southern Maine travels to Plymouth State University on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.).  Eastern Connecticut hosts Keene State College on Tuesday (7:30 p.m.).  

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