Jan. 20, 2009
GORHAM, ME - Sophomore guard John Sewall (Woolwich, ME) scored a career-best 18 points to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 75-68 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston Beacons in Little East Conference men's basketball action Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.
The win stops a five-game losing streak for Southern Maine improving its record to 4-12 overall and 1-5 in the LEC. UMass Boston drops to 2-14 on the season and remains winless in conference action at 0-6.
Sewall was 7-for-14 from the field to lead four USM players in double digits. Sewall also had three assists for the Huskies. Freshman forward Sean Bergeron (Kennebunk, ME) scored 15 points, grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and had six steals, while freshman guard Mike Poulin (Readfield, ME) added 11 points, six assists and three steals. Junior guard Greg Whitaker (Presque Isle, ME) added 10 points and five rebounds.
Junior forward Ernst Jean (Malden, MA) led all scorers with a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds on an 8-for-11 mark from the field. Senior guard A.J. Titus (Roxbury, MA) tossed in 16 points and added four assists.
After jumping ahead 30-21 at the break, Southern Maine had to fight off a surging Beacon squad in the second half. The Beacons clawed their way back into the game tying the score three times in the opening 10 minutes of the second stanza and took the lead 43-41 on a jumper from freshman guard James St. Fleur Jr. (Brockton, MA). USM quickly tied the score on a jumper from Sewall and went ahead, 45-43, with 10:41 to play on a layup from Poulin.
UMass Boston again knotted the score on a pair of free throws from St. Fleur Jr. with 10:05 on the clock before USM took the lead, 47-45, for good on a lay-up from junior forward Will Clemmer (Windham, ME) with 9:39 to play. From there USM held the Beacons at bay, outscoring UMass Boston 28-23 down the stretch for the win.
USM shot 46.0 percent (29-for-63) from the field and was solid at the free throw line shooting 71.4 percent (15-for-21). UMass Boston shot 44.4 percent (24-for-54) from the field.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) at Keene State College. UMass Boston is at Rhode Island College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).
Material from the University of Southern Maine Sports Information Department was used in this report