BIDDEFORD, Maine – Senior Brian Small (Stoughton, Mass.) posted his second double-double in as many days to lead Suffolk University to its first win of the season, a 67-63 decision over the University of Maine Fort Kent in the consolation game of the second annual Jim Beaudry Classic hosted by the University of New England.
Small recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds en route to an all-tournament team selection to pace the Rams (1-7). Freshman Mike Gibbons (Ringwood, N.J.) chipped in with 13 points and junior Brad Seaman (Avon, Conn.) scored 10 points while picking up six steals.
After a slow start by both teams, Suffolk established a 25-12 lead late in the first half and went into intermission with an 11-point advantage (29-18). Despite poor shooting from the field in the first half (11-for-37), the Rams held their opponents to just five made field goals in the frame (24 percent) and forced 11 Bengal turnovers. Small had 10
points at the half, and sophomore Mike Fleming (Exeter, N.H.) scored all but one of his nine points before the break.
UMaine Fort Kent started strong in the second half, taking a 30-29 lead at the 17:32 behind six points from freshman Brandon Fox (Deptford, N.J.). The contest went back and forth over the next 10 minutes before Suffolk scored 10 unanswered points to grab a 60-52 advantage with 3:49 remaining. Fort Kent could get no closer than three the rest of the way.
The Rams head home to take on the Monks of St. Joseph's College of Maine, Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Regan Gym in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference matchup.