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Aaron Samuel Nets Game-High 23 Points In Win Over Southern Maine, 68-60

Aaron Samuel Nets Game-High 23 Points In Win Over Southern Maine, 68-60

GORHAM, ME - Senior guard Aaron Samuel (Stratford, CT) led a trio of Western Connecticut State University men's basketball players in double figures, 23 in total, as the Colonials defeated host University of Southern Maine, 68-60, at Hill Gym on Monday afternoon.

Samuel connected on 8-of-11 attempts from the field and converted 7-of-11 from the free-throw line while grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds for the winners.

Joining Samuel in double digits was classmates Geary McLeod (New London, CT) and Rashard Rodriguez (Trumbull, CT) which scored 18 and 16 points, respectively for the Colonials.

Christian McCue led the Huskies, now 4-12 overall and 2-7 in the league, with 19 points.  Derek Haney and Jayvon Pitts-Young added 15 and 11 points for the hosts.  The trio combined to shoot 13-of-33 from the floor while the rest of the Huskies buried just five more field-goal attempts on their way to shooting 34.6% from the field on Monday.

WestConn canned 49% (25-of-51) of its attempts from the hardwood, led by Samuel's and McLeod's matching 8-for-11 finish.

The Colonials, now  12-6 overall and tied in third place in the LEC with a 6-3 record, built their largest lead, 14 points, 57-43 when Samuel hit a runner in the lane at the 9:06 mark of the second half.

Southern Maine held a five-point advantage, 11-6, 5:19 into the contest when McCue drilled a long three-point bucket.

WestConn, winners of five of its last seven games, plays host to Castleton University this Wednesday.  Tip-off against the Spartans is set for 7:30 pm at Feldman Arena.

The Huskies host University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on January 23, also at 7:30 pm.