Southern Maine upends No. 16 Babson
Cochran hits game-winning free throws with six seconds left
GORHAM, Maine -- Courtney Cochran hit two free throws with six seconds remaining in regulation to deliver Southern Maine a 68-66 win against No. 16 Babson in the championship game of the Southern Maine Holiday Invitational on Saturday.
The win is the fourth in the row for the Huskies who improved to 8-3. The loss is just the second of the season for Babson and dropped its record to 8-2.
Cochran finished the game with 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. She was 8-10 from the free throw line and 5-10 from the field.
Nicole Garland was 4-5 from 3-point territory and 6-9 overall en route to 18 points. She added three assists. Haley Jordan had 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot.
The Beavers’ Sarah Collins led all scorers with 27 points on a 13-21 effort from the field. She recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds, another game-high total, and added two assists, two blocks and two steals.
Kathleen King chipped in a double-double of her own with 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Trailing the Huskies 34-32 at the break, Babson held the Huskies to just four points over the opening five minutes of the second half with an 18-4 run to open a 50-38 lead.
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Collins had nine points in the run while junior guard Allanah Wynn added six points on a pair of 3-pointers.
The Huskies chipped away at the Babson lead over the next 6:25 to pull even with the Beavers at 55.
The Huskies outscored Babson 17-5 during the stretch. Led by four consecutive points from Jordan, the Huskies whittled the Babson lead to four, 50-46 with 12:47 to play.
Cochran followed Jordan's run with a lay-up and Jordan Grant rounded out the mini-run with a bucket in the paint. Grant finished with nine points, six rebounds, five assists and six steals off of the bench.
Both teams exchanged baskets over the next two minutes and the Huskies trailed Babson 55-52, before Garland cut to the basket for two and Grant hit the back end of two free throws to tie the score.
The action cooled over the next 8:29 and saw the lead exchange hands three times. Two free throws from Garland with 7:30 to play gave the Huskies their first lead since the first half.
Young then scored four consecutive points on a 3-pointer and one of two free throws for a 59-57 Babson lead.
Collins and King extended the Beaver lead to five with 5:40 to play, before Garland scored five consecutive points on a fast break layup and a 3-pointer for a 62-62 game.
With the teams trading baskets the score was tied at 66 after two free throws from Jordan. The score then stalled for 2:35.
Babson was 0-4 during that stretch with three turnovers, while USM was 0-2 with a pair of turnovers, including a line violation with 30 seconds remaining.
On Babson's next possession, the Huskies were able to force the 24th Babson turnover of the game as Cochran came up with a steal before being fouled and hitting the two free throws for the win.