WATERVILLE, Maine – Sophomore Jacobe Thomas (Houston, Texas/Benjamin O. Davis) had a team-high 17 points off of the bench on 8-for-17 shooting from the field to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 66-61 win over the UMaine Fort Kent Bengals in the first game of the Charlie Ryan Memorial Tournament hosted by Thomas College Friday night.
With the win, Southern Maine evens out its record at 1-1. UMFK, playing in its season-opener, is 0-1. Thomas was one of three Huskies in double-figures scoring, adding five rebounds and two steals. Junior Kylani Lafleur (Dover, N.H./Portsmouth Christian) had 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while senior Derek Haney (Auburn, Calif./Placer) dropped 10 points. Freshman Cameron Wood (Winthrop, Maine) added a strong seven points and seven rebounds in his first collegiate start.
Zeke McMurty led UMFK with a monster double-double registering a game-high 25 points and 17 rebounds. McMurty added four steals, three assists and a blocked shot. Jacob Powell was the only other Bengal in double figures with 12 points. Julian Hymes and Logan Miller each had eight points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Holding onto a one-point 19-18 lead with 8:44 to play, Southern Maine used an 8-2 run to open up the game and led 34-29 at the break. Thomas, Lafleur and Haney each had six points in the first half.
- In the second half, UMFK opened up with a 7-2 run to knot the score up at 36 with 17:23 to play following a layup from McMurty.
- After the McMurty layup, the game settled into a back and forth contest with neither team leading by more than a possession.
- Down 54-53 with 7:54 on the clock, Southern Maine junior DJ Anderson (Houston, Texas/Davis) canned a pivotal three-pointer to give the Huskies the lead for good, 56-54, with 6:09 to play. Anderson finished with eight points, including a pair of threes.
- McMurty hit a three with 4:03 to play to pull UMFK to within one, 60-59, but LaFleur responded with two clutch free throws on the Huskies' next possession and Thomas sank a layup for a 64-59 lead with under a minute to play.
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Southern Maine shot 80.0 percent (16-for-20) from the free throw line, led by an 8-for-9 effort from Lafleur.
- Through two games, USM freshman Cameron Wood is averaging a solid 7.5 points and a team-leading 9.5 rebounds per game.
Southern Maine remains on the road and will face UMaine Machias in the second day of the Charlie Ryan Memorial Tournament at Thomas College on Saturday (12:00 pm).