GORHAM, Maine – Senior Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) became the 27th University of Southern Maine men's basketball player to record 1000 points in his career as the Huskies fell 78-63 to the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in a Little East Conference game Wednesday night at Hill Gymnasium. McCue was one of two players in the game to achieve the milestone as UMass Dartmouth senior Arinze Obiora (Hyde Park, Mass./Brookline) became the 48th Corsair in program history to surpass the 1000-point barrier.
With the win, UMass Dartmouth improves to 13-5 overall and 7-2 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine falls to 4-13 overall and 2-8 in the conference.
Obiora was one of three Corsiars in double-figures, shooting 6-for-9 from the field for a team-high 18 points. Obiora added five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Sophomore Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass./Bourne) added 17 points on four three pointers and a 5-for-5 effort from the free throw line, while freshman Marcus Azor (Brockton, Mass.) added 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
McCue finished with 18 points, hitting four three pointers, and adding a pair of steals for the Huskies. Junior Jayvon Pitts-Young (Portland, Maine) added 15 points, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots, while sophomore Kylani Lafleur (Dover, N.H.) added 12 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots off of the bench.
UMass Dartmouth led wire-to-wire opening the game with a 16-0 run. Obiora had 10 of the Corsairs 16 points in the run, including his milestone 1000th. Shooting 48.4 percent (15-for-31) from the field in the opening half, UMD led the Huskies 44-32 at the break. Obiora had 16 of his 18 in the first half, while Ashworth scored 12.
The Huskies were able to cut into their deficit in the second half, and trailed by 10, 54-44, with 12:05 to play following a deep three from senior Avaughn Brown (Hartford, Conn.), but UMD responded with a 7-1 run to lead 61-46 with 9:19 to play on a three from Ashworth. The Corsairs remained in front the rest of the way and led by as many as 21, 74-53, with less than four to play en route to the win.
Southern Maine travels to Rhode Island College on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference game.