Last Saturday, Dec. 9, the Keene State College Owls went up against the University of Southern Maine coming out on top 73-58, with their sixth straight victory. Junior Ty Nichols led KSCagain, scoring 25 points, 18 of which were in the second half. Nichols added six rebounds, six assists, and four steals to the list to finish up his night.
Senior Dizel Wright also had an impact on the scoreboard, recording a total of 11 points. Wright made that a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, as well as having two assists and one steal. First-year James Anozie put up 14 points and nine rebounds for the Owls, while fellow first-year Miguel Prieto made it into the double digits with 12 points himself. With a slow start for both teams, KSC finally found some fuel after first-year Sidi Diallo free throws put the Owls on the board at the 15:56 mark. The Owls set a match to the slowness, as two minutes later Anozie finished a lay-up, making the score 9-3. Nichols extended the advantage to 12-6 after a three point shot at the 11:07 mark. However, the Siberian Huskies found a spark, ultimately leading both team into halftime with a score of 29-27, the Owls trailing. After half, KSC raised their shooting percentage and hustled to get back on top. Sophomore Ben Olson tied the game at 32-32 after a lay-up, and from there Keene went back and forth with Southern Maine, neither team finding as many scoring opportunities. Keene eventually broke away for a 51-49 lead, never relinquishing their position. Ultimately the Owls outscored Southern Maine 46-29 in the second half, redeeming themselves after a slower first half. The Owls’ next home game will be Saturday, Dec. 13 at 3:00 p.m.. They will take on the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
Caroline Perry can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org