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.).