KEENE, N.H. – Ahead by just a point with three minutes to play, Ty Nichols scored eight of his 11 points in a one-minute span late in the game to lead the Keene State College Owls to a 73-58 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gymnasium.
Battling back for the win, Keene State, a 2017 NCAA Elite Eight team, improves to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the Little East. USM is now 1-8 overall and 0-2 in the conference. USM is off for the break and returns to action on Thursday, December 28 (4:00 p.m.) against SUNY-Poly in the Lehman College Invitational.
Three players scored in double-digits for the upset-minded Huskies. Senior Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) led USM with 13 points. Junior Sean Jany (Westbrook, Maine) added 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots, while freshman DJ Anderson (Houston, Texas/Davis) added 11 points and six rebounds off of the bench.
Dizel Wright led all scorers with 25 points for KSC, adding six rebounds and six assists. James Anozie was 7-for-11 for 14 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Miguel Prieto had 12 points, and Nichols finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Led by seven points off the bench from junior Grayson Waterman (Berwick, Maine/Noble), USM led the Owls 29-27 at the half. The Huskies trailed the Owls 12-6 halfway through the opening stanza but outscored KSC 21-17. USM led the Owls 27-17 after a jumper from junior Kevin Weisser (Windham, Maine) on an assist from Waterman, before KSC trimmed the lead to one possession in the final three minutes of the half.
The second half remained neck-and-neck between the two schools with both the Huskies and Owls exchanging leads. With the score tied at 48 with 10:53 to play, USM took its final lead of the game on one-of-two free throws from senior Cam Scott (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy). Trailing 49-48, KSC used a six-point spurt to lead 54-49 on a three from Prieto with 9:13 to go.
USM stayed within striking distance and trailed by a single point, 55-54,with 5:46 on the clock after a steal from McCue led to a Jany dunk. KSC hit a layup on its next possession to make it a three-point game, and the Huskies again pulled to within a point with under four to play on a pair of free throws from Anderson, but Nichols heated up and turned the game for the Owls for the win.