South Alabama holds on to beat Maine 71-59
MOBILE, Ala. (AP)—LaShun Watson scored 13 of his career-high 15 points in the first half to lead South Alabama to a 71-59 victory over Maine on Friday night.
Watson also grabbed seven rebounds to help the Jaguars (3-3) snap a two-game losing streak in the opening round of the USA Basketball Classic.
South Alabama will face UC Davis in Saturday’s championship game.
The Jaguars built a 40-20 halftime advantage as Maine (3-3) started off 3 of 13 from the field.
Mark Socoby scored 28 points to lead the Black Bears, who hit three 3-pointers at the start of the second half to cut the lead to 44-31 with 16:42 left.
Brandon Davis, who led the Jaguars with 18 points, had 12 points and six rebounds in the second half. Domonic Tilford added 15 points and a career-high seven assists and DeAndre Coleman collected 11 points and six boards.