Big First Half Propels Eastern Connecticut Over Southern Maine

Big First Half Propels Eastern Connecticut Over Southern Maine


WILLAMANTIC, Conn.  – Jacob Collins scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures as the nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors to a 89-42 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon in Connecticut.

With the win, the 11th in the latest Division III polls, the Warriors improved to 22-3 overall and 13-1 in the Little East.  The Warriors are the 2018 LEC regular season champions and the top-seed in the upcoming conference tournament championship.  Southern Maine concludes its regular season at 5-20 and 3-11 in conference action.

Collins was 7-for-12 from the field for his game-high 16 points, adding six rebounds.  Tarchee Brown and Corey Muckle each scored 14 for Eastern, while Brown notched a double-double with a game-high 16 rebounds, adding five assists.  Kendall Marquez rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Warriors with 11 points.

Freshman Ian Nagle led Southern Maine with seven points off of the bench.  Senior Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) had six points, while junior Sergio Martin Acuna (Barcelona, Spain/les Tafera) added five points.

Eastern shot 60.6 percent from the field in the first half, making 20-of-33 field goals, including nine three-pointers to open up an insurmountable 51-11 lead at the half.  The Huskies were held to just five first-half field goals in the opening 20 minutes, and shot an ice cold 16.7 percent from the floor. USM kept pace with the Warriors in the second half, but its first half deficit was too great to overcome for the final.

Southern Maine returns to action on Tuesday (7:00 pm) in a Little East Conference quarterfinal game.  The Huskies are the seventh seed in the tournament and will travel to second-seeded Keene State.