BRONX, N.Y. – Seniors Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) and Donne Agossou (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) and freshman DJ Anderson (Houston, Texas/Davis) each reached double-digit scoring but a late-game come back bid fell short as the University of Southern Maine Huskies fell 68-64 to the SUNY-Poly Wildcats in the first game of the Coaches' vs. Cancer Shootout hosted by Lehman College Thursday afternoon at APEX Main Gym.
With the win, the Wildcats halt a three-game slide and inch above .500 at 5-4. Southern Maine dips to 1-9 with the loss. The Huskies will return to action tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. in the consolation game of the tournament and will face either Lehman College or Mt. St. Vincent.
McCue led the Huskies with 19 on 7-15 shooting from the field. He added three rebounds and three assists. Agossou and Anderson hit double-digits coming off of the bench for Southern Maine. Agossou had 16 points and four rebounds, while Anderson had a solid all-around game with 13
points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Kevin Williams led all scorers with 22 points as SUNY-Poly had four players in double figures. Tymeek Mackie added 14 points, four rebound and two assists, while Redell Freeman had 13 points, and Frank Reali chipped in with 11.
With Anderson scoring 10 points in the first half, Southern Maine was within two-possessions of the Wildcats 34-30 at the halftime break. Despite the close halftime score SUNY-Poly chipped away at the Huskies and led by as many as 14, 65-51, with six minutes to play in the game following a jumper from Freeman. However, the Huskies continued to fight and led by 11 points from McCue Southern Maine stormed back to within a possession of the Wildcats, 67-64, with just under a minute to play. McCue drained three three-pointers in the series to help USM to a 13-2 in a five-minute span. After McCue's three with fifty-seven seconds to play made it a two-point game, the Wildcats were able to hold off a surging USM squad with a big defensive play on a blocked shot on a potential game-tying basket, and made one of two free throws to secure the win.