Jan. 26, 2010
GORHAM, ME - Sophomore guard Kyle King (Springfield, MA) recorded a double-double with 14 points and game-high 10 rebounds to lead four players in double figures as the University of Massachusetts Boston outscored host University of Southern Maine, 35-19, in the second half to roll to a 70-48 Little East Conference men's basketball win Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham.
The Beacons improve to 4-15 overall and 2-6 in the Little East Conference. With the loss, Southern Maine falls to 2-16 and remains winless in the conference at 0-8.
King scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds in the second half as UMass Boston broke open a close contest. Sophomore guard Michael Mitchell Jr. (Boston, MA) added 14 points and a game-high seven assists and freshman guard Jason White (Roxbury, MA) and junior guard Mo Johnson (Portland, OR) each scored 12 points.
Junior guard Otis Smith (Altamonte FL) led the Huskies in scoring and rebounding for the third straight game, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Senior forward Will Clemmer (Windham, ME) added nine points, five rebounds and four blocked shots. Junior guard John Sewall (Bath, ME) and sophomore guard Billy Zolper (Bangor, ME) each added eight points.
After trailing by as much as 15 points in the first half, Southern Maine rallied to pull with six points 35-29 at the break. Smith scored nine points in the first half, helping keep the Huskies within striking distance of the Beacons.
In the second half, USM continued to battle the Beacons, pulling to within a basket of UMass Boston four times in the opening five minutes of the second half. The Huskies trailed UMass Boston 41-38 following one of two free throws from Sewall with 14:40 on the clock, before the Beacons used a pivotal 9-2 run to lead 50-40 with 9:24 to play. Senior forward Ernst Jean (Malden, MA) scored four of the Beacons nine points in the run.
The Huskies were able to trim the Beacon lead to eight, 50-42, with a lay-up from Smith, but the Beacons countered with an 11-2 run to take control. Johnson netted five points in the run, while King added four to put their team ahead 61-44 with 5:34 to play. The Beacons' lead continued to grow as the Huskies went ice cold from the field in the final five minutes, making just one field goal.
Southern Maine travels to Keene State College on Saturday (3:00 p.m.). UMass Boston hosts Rhode Island College on Saturday (3:00 p.m.).
Material used in this report courtesy of University of Southern Maine Sports Information.