July 09, 2020

Libby, Crockett power USM to tourney crown Huskies top Braves 65-30 in championship game

GORHAM – Kara Crockett tossed in a game-high 13 points to lead the University of Southern Maine to a 65-30 victory over Husson College of Bangor Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the USM Holiday Tournament.

Westfield State defeated Elmira 43-40 in the consolation game.

Southern Maine topped Westfield State 69-52 and Husson beat Elmira 61-58 in Saturday’s first-round games.

USM’s Jess Libby of Orono was named the tournament MVP. Crockett, USM’s Niki Dominiczak and Leslie Trott of Husson were named to the all-tourney team, as was Melissa Cote of Westfield State.

In the championship game, Libby chipped in with 11 points and Dominiczak grabbed 19 rebounds. Crockett added six rebounds and three blocks, and Jaime Zahm had nine points and six rebounds. Trott paced Husson with eight points and six rebounds.

In the consolation game, Cote led Westfield State with 12 points while Emily Mastaler had eight for Elmira.

In Saturday’s first game, Liz Boone and Megan Hughes each hit two free throws down the stretch to lift the Braves of Bangor. Trott led Husson with 20 points, Hughes had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Boone scored 14 and had six blocks. Missy Richvalsky scored 18 for the Soaring Eagles.

In Saturday’s second game, Libby, who scored a game-high 15 points, was one of five players in double figures. Meg Cressler and Zahm each added 13 points, Dominiczak scored 10 and Crockett racked up 11 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Cote paced Westfield State with 14 points.

(Sunday’s championship game)

Husson (3-7) 30

McDonald, Trott 3-2-8, Sexton, S. Fry 0-1-1, Hughes 1-4-6, Duplisea, C. Fry, Dow 2-2-6, Poirier 1-0-2, Turner 1-0-2, Boone 2-1-5

Southern Maine (10-1) 65

Allen 2-3-8, K. Libby, Dominiczak 2-1-5, Cressler, Jackson, Leavitt 3-1-8, Tong 1-0-3, Judkins 1-0-3, Noonan 2-1-5, Zahm 4-1-9, Libby 4-0-11, Crockett 6-1-13

3-pt. goals: J. Libby 3, Allen, Leavitt, Tong, Judkins

Halftime: USM 27-12

(Sunday’s consolation game)

Elmira (3-6) 40

Green 2-0-4, Richvalsky 2-0-4, Bedford 0-1-1, Nicholson 0-1-1, Hurley 1-0-2, St. Croix, Levanduski 1-0-2, Brunskill 1-0-2, Vanier 1-0-3, Mastaler 4-0-8, Canestrari, Wing 1-1-3, Seroka 2-0-4

Westfield State (3-7) 43

Pendergast 0-3-3, Knott 2-2-8, Cooke, Blaney 1-0-2, Cote 5-2-12, Dunlavey, Minishak, Tedesco 1-2-4, Sealander 1-2-4, LaBelle 4-2-10

3-pt. goals: Vanier, Eaton; Knott 2

Halftime: 19-19

(Saturday’s first game)

Husson 61

Trott 8-2-20, Sexton 2-0-5, S. Fry, Hughes 5-4-14, Duplisea, C. Fry, Dow 2-3-8, Boone 4-6-14

Elmira 58

Richvalsky 8-2-18, Bedford 1-0-2, Nicholson 3-1-7, Levanduski 1-0-2, Mastaler 1-0-2, Eaton 3-3-11, Canestrari, Wing 4-6-14, Seroka 1-0-2

3-pt. goals: Trott 2, Sexton, Dow; Eaton 2

Halftime: Husson 28-27

(Saturday’s second game)

Westfield State 52

Pendergast 1-0-2, Knott 4-1-12, Cooke 1-2-5, Blaney 1-0-2, Cote 5-4-14, Dunlavey 1-0-3, Minishak, Bielonko 1-0-2, Rodrigues, Tedesco 0-1-1, Sealander 2-0-4, LaBelle 2-3-7

Southern Maine 69

Allen 1-1-3, Dominiczak 4-2-10, Cressler 5-2-13, Jackson, Leavitt 0-4-4, Tong, Judkins, Noonan, Zahm 5-3-13, J. Libby 5-1-15, Morris, Crockett 5-1-11

3-pt. goals: Knott 3, Cooke, Dunlavey; J. Libby 4, Cressler

Halftime: Southern Maine 27-18

Men’s Basketball

No. 14 Arizona 74, Valparaiso 70

TUCSON, Ariz. – In a lineup loaded with freshmen, Arizona juniors Jason Gardner and Rick Anderson stood tall against Valparaiso.

Gardner brought the Wildcats from behind with a late four-point play and Anderson was tough inside as Arizona avoided an upset by beating Valparaiso to win the Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic Sunday.

“I knew if I didn’t make it, Coach (Lute) Olson’s voice would reach me from the other side of the court,” Gardner, who had 19 points, six assists and five steals, said referring to the coach’s recent bout with laryngitis.

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