GORHAM, Me. – Despite freshman Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) tying his career-high in made three-pointers and junior Arinze Obiora's (Lagos, Nigeria) 13th double-double of the season, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth saw its lead slip away in its 84-78 road loss to Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon at the Hill Gymnasium.
Score: Southern Maine 84, UMass Dartmouth 78
Records: Southern Maine (4-17, 2-8 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (11-10, 4-6 LEC)
How it Happened
Ashworth's game-high 26 points paced the visiting squad as he shot 50% from downtown, maintaining his top spot in three-point percentage within the conference. Obiora shot an efficient 69.2% from the field (9-of-13) and out-rebounded all other players on the floor with 15 collections. Classmate Atakan Akcam (Ankara, Turkey) chipped in ten points while handing out three helpers.
Southern Maine was led by senior Christian McCue (Hampden, Me.) with 25 points, followed closely by junior Grayson Waterman (Berwick, Me.), who generated 18 off the bench for the hosts.
The visitors showed no initial ill-effects from their travels, as the Corsairs jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening 90 seconds of play behind a pair of Obiora buckets and a three-pointer by senior Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.). The Huskies remained persistent, however, as McCue and junior Sean Jany (Westbrook, Me.) accounted for the first seven Southern Maine points. With time winding down on the first half, Ashworth drained a mid-range jumper only to have it matched by McCue just ahead of the horn, bringing the score to 35-31.
Early in the second half, senior Donne Agossou (Auburn, Me.) found the nylon on back-to-back jumpers to inch his squad within one possession, 40-37. Jany then finished through contact for the traditional three-point play to answer the ensuing made triple by Ashworth. After Akcam made both of his free throws at the 14:03 mark, Southern Maine finally pulled even at 47-47 behind a Waterman three. The teams went bucket-for-bucket at 68-68 and just 3:41 remaining, but a McCue made jumper gave the Huskies a lead that they would never relinquish in a contest that saw eight ties and nine lead changes. Clutch baskets by the core of McCue, Agossou and Waterman gave the hosts just enough of a margin to pad as time expired.
Inside the Numbers
- Ashworth has poured in double-figure scoring in each of his last six performances. The freshman tied his career-high in made threes that initially took place on Jan. 3 at Becker (94-87 win).
- Obiora has scored 10+ for the 20th occasion this year.
- Southern Maine narrowly eclipsed UMass Dartmouth in field-goal percentage, 45.9 to 44.3.
- McCue was near perfect from the charity-stripe, going 11-of-12.
- UMass Dartmouth outmuscled Southern Maine under the glass, 43-30.
- The Huskies saw larger bench production, receiving 24 from its reserves to the Corsairs' five.
The Corsairs will remain on the road for another conference matchup, this time against UMass Boston on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.