Huskies Fall to FDU-Florham 77-56

Huskies Fall to FDU-Florham 77-56


HARTFORD, Conn. –  Senior Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) and junior Jayvon Pitts-Young (Portland, Maine) combined for 27 points as the University of Southern Maine Huskies fell to the Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Devils 77-56 in the consolation game of the 2018 Trinity College Holiday Invitational Monday afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium. 

            With the win, FDU-Florham improves to 4-8 on the season.  Dropping its second game at the tourney, Southern Maine is now 3-8 overall.  

            McCue led the Huskies with 14 points, while Pitts-Young tossed in 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and had two steals. Freshman Evan Christensen (Old Orchard Beach, Maine/Thornton Academy) added seven points and six rebounds, while senior Sean Jany (Westbrook, Maine) had five points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots and a team-high five assists.

            Oliver Ortman led the Devils off of the bench with a game-high 17 points, including a 5-for-10 effort from three-point range. FDU-Florham hit 12 threes against the Huskies, shooting 37.5 percent (12-for-32) from long distance.  Three more Devils reached double digits, including Darren Davy who went 7-for-13 from the field for 16 points.  Andy Fleurantin had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Anthony Mitchell tossed in 12 points. 

            Suffering from a cold shooting effort in the first half, making 6-of-26 field goals, Southern Maine fell behind the Devils 32-19 at the half.  USM was also hampered by 12 first half turnovers to trail FDU-Florham by double-digits at the break. McCue was 4-for-9 for USM in the first half for 10 points to carry the team. 

            The Huskies fared better in the second stanza, shooting 33.3 percent (12-for-36) including five three-point field goals, but could not overcome the Devils' advantage.  Pitts-Young scored 12 of his points in the second half connecting on 4-of-9 from the field.  

            Southern Maine hosts Keene State College on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference game.  The Huskies are 1-3 in Little East Conference action.  

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