WATERVILLE, Maine – Sophomore Jacobe Thomas (Houston, Texas/Benjamin O. Davis) and juniors Kylani Lafleur (Dover, N.H./Portsmouth Christian) and DJ Anderson (Houston, Texas/Davis) combined to score 46 points and the University of Southern Maine Huskies rolled to an 84-62 win over the UMaine Machias Clippers Saturday afternoon in the third game of the 2019 Charlie Ryan Memorial Tournament at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium hosted by Thomas College.
The win is the second straight for the Huskies who improve to 2-1 overall. UMaine Machias suffers its second consecutive loss to fall to 2-4 overall.
Thomas notched a season and career-high for the third straight game leading all scorers with 25 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Thomas was 9-for-14 from the field to lead three Huskies in double figures. Lafleur added 11 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Anderson had 10 points, a game-high nine rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Marcus Massey led UMM with 20 points, four rebounds and two assists. Isaiah Plange tossed in 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting, while Eric Crawford had 10 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Huskies led wire-to-wire with Anderson, Thomas and LaFleur scoring the first points of the game to lead 7-2 early.
- A bucket from UMM with 6:47 to play in the first kept the Clippers to within eight of the Huskies, 28-20, with 6:47 to play before Southern Maine opened up the game with a 16-0 run over the next five minutes for a 42-20 lead.
- LaFluer had seven of USM's 16 points in the run, while Thomas had five points.
- Massey canned one of two free throws to stop the Husky assault, but Southern Maine closed out the half outscoring UMM 4-0 for a 46-21 lead at the break.
- The Clippers never got closer than 16 points in the second half. Thomas had 14 of his 25 points in the second half for the Huskies.
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Southern Maine held a decisive advantage in rebounds, leading the Clippers 57-38 on the glass, including a 20-11 margin on the offensive boards. Lafleur and Anderson each had four offensive rebounds.
- USM's bench outscored UMaine Machias 28-13. Edward Buckley and Shamon Shinal each had six points to lead the Husky reserves.
- The Huskies' dominated points in the paint, outscoring the Clippers 44-18 down low. Freshman Cameron Wood (Winthrop, Maine) continued to excel in his collegiate debut with seven points (3-for-3 field goals), and four rebounds.
- UP NEXT:
Southern Maine hosts Bowdoin College on Tuesday (7:30 pm) in a non-conference game. It is the Huskies' 2019-2020 home opener.