Men's Basketball Falls Just Shy of a Comeback in the 2nd Annual Alumni Cup with the Monks

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

BANGOR, Maine - The Husson men's basketball team (6-2) fought long and hard to keep the Alumni Cup for another year as they continuously battled back from behind to come with a basket of the Saint Joseph's College of Maine (7-2) before the Monks once again separated themselves in the very end for a 78-74 victory in the 2nd Annual Alumni Cup on Saturday afternoon in Newman Gym.

1st Half:

The Monks came out strong, opening up the first half with nine unanswered points following a 3-point jumper by DJ Bussey to bring the score to a quick 11-5 advantage for the visiting team. Finding their groove midway through the half, Husson delivered six unanswered points as Dylan Angel's defensive plays off the bench and a jumper by Kyanti Blyden helped the Eagles cut the deficit down to five at 9:21.

The Monks were looking to put the pressure on, but Husson kept the pace on offensive as a Justin Martin layup cut the Monks' lead to two with 2:49 left to play in the half. The Monks pulled away at the end thanks to a couple of late 3-pointers from Darian Berry and Jack Hostetler to go into halftime with a 42-32 lead.

2nd Half:

Both teams came into the half playing well on both ends of the court. Cole Thomas found his sweet spot hitting back-to-back threes as the Eagles went on a 10-0 run in less than 90 seconds, but a 3-pointer in response by Monk Jack Casale at 13:38 to make the score 51-46 slowed down Husson's momentum for a few minutes.

Husson's offense looked to find a groove as Isiah Hart used his vision of the court and passing ability to find Martin under the basket for an easy lay in and with 6:54 left in the game, Hart hit Bussey on a kick out pass for a three to tie the game at 57.

Tatsuaki Sakai found teammate Ian Milinkis on a sneaky pass under the basket as Milinkis finished the basket while drawing a foul to give the Monks a 62-59 lead, but barely seconds later, Husson's Bussey tied the score again, 62-62, with a deep three from the corner.

Saint Joseph's separated themselves by a couple baskets as they closed out the remaining minutes just barely pushing ahead of the Husson, 78-74.

Leaders: HUSSON

Justin Martin put up back-to-back double-double games on his home court with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

DJ Bussey had another big game from behind the arc with four 3-pointers to add on to his 17 total points and two steals.

Cole Thomas helped out with five assists, eight points, and five boards.


Darian Berry shot impressively from behind the arc leading all scorers with 27 points including five 3-pointers and nine rebounds.

Jack Casale was the only Monk registering a double-double between 16 points and 13 boards.

Ian Milelkis helped keep the momentum for the Monks with 18 points, three assists, and seven rebounds.


Husson kicks off a long couple of weeks on the road with a game at WPI on Sunday, December 16th at 1:00 p.m.