BIDDEFORD, Maine - The Husson men's basketball team (1-1) dropped their first game of the season to Trinity College (Conn.) (1-0), by a close score of 66-64, in the opening round of the Hampton Inn Jim Beaudry Classic on the campus of the University of New England.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Eagles started hot racing out to a 14-5 lead just under four minutes into the game before the Bantams used a 13-to-2 run to take an 18-16 lead on a layup by Kyle Padmore at the 8:14 mark of the first half. It was a seesaw battle for the remainder of the opening stanza, and Trinity led, 34-33 at the break with DJ Bussey contributing 12 points in the half while Justin Martin and Justice Kendall each added seven points apiece. Christian Porydzy and Nick Seretta each had eight points for Trinity.
Padmore nailed a trey midway through the second half with the score tied at 46-all, and the Bantams maintained their lead from that point until the final whistle. Another Padmore jumper pushed the Trinity advantage to double digits at 61-51 with 3:46 on the clock, but the Eagles rallied and pulled to within five points at 64-59 on a three-pointer by Brett Cunningham at the 1:07 mark. Seretta made a pair of free throws down the stretch but three Bantam misfires from the charity stripe and a last-second long ball by Bussey cut the final score to two at 66-64.
LEADERS – HUSSON:
- Bussey poured in a game-high 20 points.
- Cunningham scored 14 points off the pine.
- Kendall added 13 points, three assists, and three steals.
- Kyanti Blyden had a team-high seven boards, while adding three steals.
LEADERS – TRINITY (Conn.):
- Seretta scored 15 points.
- Padmore finished with 12 points and two blocked shots.
- Porydzy added 11 points and dished five assists.
- Colin Donovan came off the bench to grab a team-high seven rebounds.
The Bantams shot 37.5% (21-56) from the field while the Eagles shot 36.1% (22-61). There were nine ties in the game and nine lead changes.
Tonight's meeting was the first ever between Husson's and Trinity's men's basketball programs.
The Eagles will face Fitchburg State University on Saturday, November 17th at 1 p.m. in the consolation round of the Hampton Inn Jim Beaudry Classic on the campus of the University of New England. This game marks the third matchup between the Falcons and the Eagles and first since the 2014-15 season.