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.).