June 06, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Braves heat up to rout Bengals> Husson’s Tobin sits out contest

Last year, coach Jim Graffam brought a loaded University of Maine-Fort Kent team to Newman Gym, faced mighty Husson College, and was welcomed rather rudely.

On Wednesday, the realistic and upbeat Graffam found out what happens when a less-than-loaded Bengals squad travels to Bangor.

NAIA Division II power Husson shook off a mediocre start and ignored the fact that its leading scorer from a year ago sat watching the game in civvies. The Braves trounced UM-Fort Kent 114-72.

“Last year I came down here with a team that was much better and they beat us by over 40,” Graffam said.

“[Husson coach Warren Caruso] has got the No. 1-ranked team in Maine, and if they ranked us, we wouldn’t be ranked,” Graffam joked.

Husson improved to 4-1 despite the fact that senior guard Tony Tobin sat out the game as school officials review his role in a campus fracas last Friday night and his Oct. 30 arrest in Waterville for drunken driving and possession of a useable amount of marijuana.

UM-Fort Kent, which plays in the less competitive National Small College Athletic Association, dropped to 5-2.

The pesky Bengals hung around for awhile against the bigger, deeper Braves, largely on the strength of some torrid shooting.

UM-Fort Kent drilled seven of its first 11 shots, including four 3-pointers, and was even with Husson nine minutes into the game.

“We just didn’t have the effort in the first half,” Husson junior forward Sean Foye said. “Coach tells us every day to try to improve every game, and we didn’t do that today, I don’t think.”

Junior guard Mike McCaffrey said the lack of defensive effort allowed too many open shots.

“They were on fire, but anybody playing at any level can make wide-open shots,” McCaffrey said. “We really needed to clamp down and get focused, and I think we did that in the second half.”

The Braves did cool the Bengals off, and continued to shoot well themselves. The Braves were able to get inside shots at will, and shot 56 percent for the game.

The Bengals shot 50 percent in the first half, but still trailed by 20, 64-44.

Then Husson put its opponent away, going on a 14-4 spurt to open the second half.

“I think we made a pretty good adjustment in the second half in playing a little bit harder than we did in the first half,” Caruso said.

McCaffrey led the charge with 21 points, while Foye had 17 to go with nine rebounds. Chris Funk scored 15 and Brad Durost 10. In all, 14 of the 15 Braves players scored.

Burly 6-foot-2 freshman Shaun Tomblin paced the Bengals with 19 points while battling the taller Braves. James Osborne added 18 points, Tim Farrar scored 12, and Jeff Drolet added 10.

Graffam said despite being overmatched against Husson, his team competed well.

“I was pleased with our energy level,” Graffam said. “I thought we got a little bit disorganized, but we’ve only got one guy who has played college basketball.”

Braves 114, Bengals 72

UM-Fort Kent (5-2) Husson (4-1)

Name G AG F AF TP Name G AG F AF TP

Levesque 1 3 1 3 4 Sompatzis 2 3 0 1 4

Farrar 5 11 2 2 12 Katz 1 2 0 0 2

Royal 0 3 0 0 0 Lancaster 2 4 0 0 4

Tardie 2 8 3 5 9 Leighton 2 3 0 0 4

Osborne 7 13 2 2 18 McCaffrey 6 14 6 6 21

Drolet 3 9 4 4 10 Dyt 6 10 1 1 13

Devoe 0 4 0 0 0 King 1 2 0 1 2

Tomblin 6 14 7 12 19 Foye 7 9 0 0 17

Robb 0 2 0 0 0

Durost 4 6 0 0 10

Funk 7 12 1 1 15

Breen 2 3 0 0 4

Breen 2 3 0 0 4

Cotto 4 9 0 0 8

Olson 3 6 0 0 6

Rivers 2 4 0 0 4

Totals 24 65 19 28 72 Totals 49 88 8 10 114

UM-Fort Kent 44 72

Husson 64 114

3-pt. goals: UM-Fort Kent (5-19): Levesque 1-3, Farrar 0-2, Royal 0-1, Tardie 2-4, Osborne 2-6, Drolet 0-3; Husson (8-23): Katz 0-1, Lancaster 0-2, McCaffrey 3-6, King 0-1, Foye 3-3, Robb 0-1, Durost 2-4, Funk 0-1, Cotto 0-3, Rivers 0-1

Attendance: 350


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