PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman DJ Anderson (Houston, Texas/Davis) scored a career and game-high 29 points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a dominant 83-72 win over the Plymouth State University Panthers in a Little East Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.
With victory, Southern Maine picks up its first conference victory of the season to stand at 2-14 and 1-5 in the Little East. Plymouth State drops to 6-8 overall and 0-6 in the Little East. Southern Maine hosts Western Connecticut State on Saturday (3:00 pm) in a Little East Conference game.
Anderson was outstanding from the field and the free throw line for his game-high total, shooting 8-12 from the floor and 12-15 from the charity stripe. Anderson earned his first collegiate double-double with 10 rebounds. Senior Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) added 26 points scoring twenty of them from the free throw line, while senior Cam Scott (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) added 10 points to round out three Huskies in double-figures. USM shot 49 free throws in the game, sinking 37, including a single-game school record 20 by McCue, for a strong 75.5 percent mark in the game.
Ruay Bol led PSU with 19 points and six rebounds off of the bench, while Liam Densmore also came off the bench for 14 points. Mike Osgood had 16 points and five rebounds. The Panthers also had success at the charity stripe making 26-36 for a 72.2 percent rate.
Narrowly leading the Panthers 21-19 with 5:16 on the clock, the Huskies outscored PSU 11-5 to take a 32-24 advantage at the break. Four different players scored in the run, led by six points from Anderson. Anderson ended the first half with 12 points, while Scott had seven.
In the second half, PSU kept pace with the Huskies, trailing 36-27 with 17 minutes left. However, Southern Maine broke open the game with a pivotal 12-0 run to grab a 48-27 lead with nearly 14 on the clock. Anderson again played a big role scoring six points in the run.
A pair of Panther free throws stopped the USM scoring surge, but the Huskies maintained its double-digit advantage throughout the remainder of the game to secure the victory.
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