GORHAM, Maine – The Castleton University men's basketball team fell to the University of Southern Maine by a final score of 93-64 in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Hill Gym.
The Spartans fall to 3-20 on the season overall and 0-14 in LEC play, while the Huskies improve to 5-17 overall and 3-11 against LEC opponents. Castleton shot below 30 percent from the floor for just the second time this season, making just 22-of-76 from the field. Castleton connected on just 9-of-34 from long range, but was an efficient 11-of-14 at the free throw line. The Huskies shot 47.6 percent, making 30-of-63 attempts while shooting an impressive 16-of-33 from three and 17-of-21 at the line.
Denis LeCours led the Spartans with 13 points in 28 minutes off the bench, while Michael Morgan added 11 points and seven rebounds for Castleton. Igor Almeida tied Morgan with a team-high seven boards, while Casey Belade and Ben Mrowka had eight points apiece.
Southern Maine had six players reach double digits in scoring, led by Christian McCue's game-high 19 points. Jayvon Pitts-Young and Keenan Hendricks had 13 points apiece, while Ian Nagle and Sean Jany had 12 points each and Avaughn Brown finished with 11. Pitts-Young led the way with eight rebounds, while McCue dished out six assists on the day.
Both sides struggled out of the gate, as the Huskies led just 6-2 after more than seven minutes of action. Southern Maine pulled away from there, quickly opening up a 14-4 lead at the midway point of the first half. Castleton cut the lead back to just six points, 21-15, after LeCours knocked down a three, but a 6-0 run by USM pushed the gap back to 12 points. The Huskies continued to pull away into the locker room, leading 40-19 at the break.
The Huskies were lights out in the second half, knocking down 17-of-32 from the field—including 10-of-18 from three. Southern Maine outscored the Spartans 53-45 in the half, opening up its largest lead of the game—30 points—with just 2:12 to play after a triple from Peter Drennan. Both sides traded points on the way out to give the game its final score of 93-64.
Castleton returns to Glenbrook Gym on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. for an LEC contest against Eastern Connecticut.