Plymouth State Edges Southern Maine in Double Overtime 100-93

Sullivan had 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Huskies.
Sullivan had 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals for the Huskies.
GORHAM, Maine – Senior guard Kyle Walker (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn College Academy), sophomore guard Petey Skevas (Wethersfield, Conn.) and senior guard Brian Chergey (Bow, N.H.) combined for 65 points to lead the Plymouth State University Panthers past the University of Southern Maine Huskies 100-93 in double overtime in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.

         With the win, Plymouth State improves to 4-9 in the Little East Conference and 9-14 overall while securing a bid in the LEC post-season tournament. The Huskies fall to 10-13 overall and 3-10 in the LEC.

         Trailing the Panthers 74-72 with seconds to play in regulation, after a jumper by Chergey, USM junior guard Alex Kee (Bath, Maine) sank two free throws with eight seconds on the clock to force regulation.  USM sophomore guard Brandon Tomah (Princeton, Maine/Calais) made a key defensive play, blocking the Panthers' final shot in regulation sending the game into overtime.

         In the first overtime, a pair of free throws from freshman guard Shomari Morgan (Manchester, N.H.) with 1:57 to play and a layup from Walker with just over a minute to play gave PSU a three-point 82-79 lead.  With missed possessions on either end of the court, including another solid defensive play from the Huskies on a block from senior forward Jeremy Jackson (Laplace, La./Independence) the Huskies remained three-points down with 10 seconds showing.  The Huskies' tied the score as the shot clock ran down on a three from senior guard Chris Pagentine (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) forcing a second overtime.

         In the second extra period, the Panthers opened with a 6-2 run to grab an 88-84 lead and held on for the win.  Chergey canned a three in the Panthers' first possession and Walker made one of two free throws for a 86-82 lead.  A driving layup from Tomah cut the Huskies' disadvantage to 86-84 with 3:13 to play, but Walker responded with a short jumper in the paint for an 88-84 lead with 2:52 to play.

         Both teams traded baskets and the Huskies trialed by one 90-89 with 50 seconds to play following another Tomah basket, but the Panthers' Skevey countered with an acrobatic layup with 34 seconds on the clock and PSU outscored USM 8-4 down the stretch as the Huskies were forced to foul for the 100-93 win.           

         Tomah finished the game with a team-high 22 points.  Pagentine added 21 points and Kee tossed in 17.  Sophomore guard Conor Sullivan (Scarborough, Maine) added 13 points, a team-high eight rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Jackson finished with 10 points, three rebounds and four blocked shots.

         Southern Maine travels to Wentworth on Thursday (7:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game.  Plymouth State travels to Western Connecticut on Saturday (3:00 p.m.).