'GORHAM, ME – Junior Chris Timson (Beverly, MA.) scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the second half as the unbeaten Keene State College Owls pulled away from the University of Southern ME Huskies to post a 90-67 victory in Little East
Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Warren G. Hill Gymnasium.
The win was the seventh straight for the unbeaten Owls who Improved 2-0 in the Little East. Southern ME reMEd winless through seven games and is 0-2 in the LEC.
Timson tossed in seven points during the Owls' 19-7 run during the first five minutes of the second half as the visitors' seven-point halftime lead (40-33) quickly grew to 19 (59-40). The 6-foot-3 Timson hit on 6 of 8 shots after the intermission, including two three-point baskets.
Keene State continued building the lead to 24 (74-50) before the Huskies' sophomore guard Mike Francoeur (Somersworth, N.H.) scored four straight points on one-of-two free throws and a three-pointer. After a timeout, Timson scored for Keene State and the momentum swung back to the Owls. Keene State's biggest lead was 27 points (87-60) with four minutes to play.
'We got some transition points and loosened up their zone,' said KSC Coach Rob Colbert about the Owls' ability to pull away in the second half. 'Dybizbanski came in and hit some big three-pointers for us.'
"When your two point guards (Bennett Pawlusiak and Alphonse Michalski) have just one turnover, its a good day, he added.
The teams battled through an even first half a USM sophomore guard Jason Levecque (Westbrook, ME) kept the Huskies within striking distance. Levecque's three-point shot with 1:37 left in the half pulled USM within one (34-33), but the Owls responded by scoring the final six points of the half.
Senior Derek Swenson (Attleboro, MA.), with 14 points, and junior Bennett Pawlusiak (Bedford, N.H.), with 11 points, were the only other Owls to reach double figures. Thirteen of Keene State's 15 players who saw action scored.
Levecque led all scorers with 22 points for the Huskies. Francoeur added 14 points for the Huskies.
Keene State finished the game shooting 47 percent (34 for 73) from the floor, including 44 percent (11 for 25) from beyond the arc. The Owls swarming defense forced 26 turnovers in the game.
'Considering it was exam week, the fact that we were able to go on the road and win a conference game is exciting,' said Colbert.
Keene State returns to action December 29-30 when it plays in the Grand Canyon Classic in Phoenix, Arizona.