UMF Completes Comeback Defeats Southern Maine 77-72

Junior Derek Haney had 13 points.
Junior Derek Haney had 13 points.

 

GORHAM, Maine –  Senior Milani Hicks (Scarborough, Maine) scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to lead the UMaine Farmington Beavers to a 77-72 come-from-behind win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference men's basketball game Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium.

            With the win, the Beavers extend their winning streak to three games and improve to 13-6 overall.  Southern Maine drops to 4-15.  

            Hicks was one of three UMF players in double figures. Hicks was 9-for-12 from the field, and earned a double-double grabbing 10 rebounds.  He added three assists, three steals and three blocked shots. Junior Amir Moss (Portland, Maine) had 15 points and six rebounds, while junior Bill Ruby (Gorham, Maine) had 13 points and nine boards. 

            Senior Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) led the Huskies with 23 points, knocking down six threes.  Junior Jayvon Pitts-Young (Portland, Maine) had 17 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists, and junior Derek Haney (Auburn, Calif./Placer) tossed in 13 points.  Sophomore Kylani Lafleur (Dover, N.H./Portsmouth Christian) hauled down a game-high 12 rebounds, and chipped in with five points.  

            Down by 15 at the half, 45-30, the Beavers outscored USM 47-27 in the second half to earn the win on the road. The Huskies shot 46.2 percent (18-for-39) from the field in the first half, including a red-hot 46.7 percent (7-for-15) from three-point range.  McCue had 15 of his 23 in the opening half, including 4-of-7 from three, while Pitts-Young had 10 points.  

            UMF started the second half on an 11-3 run to half its deficit to 48-41 with 15:54 to play.  Hicks had five points in the run, while Ruby had four.  A layup from USM's Lafleur made it 50-41 in favor of the Huskies, but UMF pushed again rattling off an 8-2 run to make it a single possession game, 52-49, with 10:45 on the clock.  

            With their team's lead cut to three, McCue, Pitts-Young and Haney combined for an 8-3 Husky run and a 60-52 advantage with 9:30 in regulation.  Both teams exchanged baskets over the next four minutes and USM was able to maintain a two-possession advantage lead and led UMF 64-59 with 5:26 on the clock after a driving layup from sophomore Peter Drennan (New Orleans, La./Isidore Newman). 

            Southern Maine returns to Little East Conference play and hosts UMass Boston on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) in its next contest. 

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