HOW IT HAPPENED
RIC freshman guard Adham Floyd
(Worcester, MA) narrowly missed a double-double with 13 points
and nine rebounds.
Junior forward Justin Campbell
(New Haven, CT) was also in double figures with 12 points and
three boards in the win for the Anchormen.
Senior guard Christian McCue
(Hampden, ME) paced Southern Maine with a game-high 18 points,
four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Freshman guard DJ Anderson
(Houston, TX) added 16 points and two rebounds, while senior
guard Donne Agossou (Auburn, ME) was also in double figures
with 10 points in the loss for the Huskies.
The game went back and forth early
with the score tied on five occasions, including, 20-20, with three
minutes left in the first half.
Southern Maine then closed out the
half on a 6-0 run to take a 27-21 advantage at halftime.
The visiting Huskies pushed their
lead to eight, 37-29, on a layup from Agossou with 13:41 left in the
RIC responded and used a 9-1 run,
capped by a layup from sophomore guard Mike Valelli (Cranston,
RI), to knot the game, 38-38, with 9:23 remaining in the
The Anchormen took their first lead
of the second half when a three-pointer from Floyd put the team up
by two, 48-46, with just over six minutes left.
RIC pushed the lead to eight,
57-49, on a free throw from Gillis with 1:28 on the clock.
USM cut the deficit down to one,
57-56, on a pair of free throws from McCue with :22 remaining, but
that would be as close as they would get as the Anchormen hit four
from the charity stripe down the stretch to secure the victory.