BRONX, N.Y. – Despite a career-high 36 points from senior Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) the University of Southern Maine Huskies dropped a 71-64 decision to the Mount St. Vincent Dolphins in the consolation game of the 2017 Coaches' vs. Cancer Invitational hosted by Lehman College this weekend.
With the win, Mount St. Vincent evens its record out at 5-5 overall. Southern Maine drops to 1-10 with the loss.
McCue was one of two Huskies in double-digits scoring his game and career-high total 36 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field, including four three-pointers, and a 10-for-11 mark from the free throw line. Senior Cam Scott (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) had a season-high 12 points for Southern Maine on 5-of-7 from the field, adding four rebounds.
All five of the Dolphins scored in double-figures led by 14 points from Matthew Sowah. Jason Barrera had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Makai Johnson added 12 points. Vinny Tavella tossed in 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Andrew Curiel posted a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Huskies trailed the Dolphins by a bucket, 36-33, at the half. McCue had 13 of his 36 in the opening half, while Scott, senior Donne Agossou (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston), junior Sean Jany (Westbrook, Maine) and classmate Bryon McMillian (Washington, DC) each had four points.
Trailing by 10, 48-38, in the first five minutes of the second half, Southern Maine fought its way back to again trail by a possession, 50-47, on a traditional three-point play from McCue with 9:14 left in regulation. McCue continued scoring at will for the Huskies and had them to within a point, 52-51, on a jumper with 8:05 to go, but Southern Maine was unable to get past the Dolphins.
After McCue's jumper with 8:05 to play, just four points were scored in the next four minutes of action, and they all came at the free throw line for Mount St. Vincent, which led 56-51 with 4:21 on the clock. USM used a 5-2 mini-run on a pair of free throws and a three from McCue to make it 58-56 with 3:40 to play, but the Dolphins outscored the Huskies 13-8 down the stretch to secure the win.