Roadrunners Spoil Eagles' Second Half Comeback, 77-75, in Las Vegas

Roadrunners Spoil Eagles' Second Half Comeback, 77-75, in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Despite a second half push by Justin Martin and Justin Thompson with a combined 23 points, the Eagles fell just shy of a comeback by a bucket, 77-75, to Ramapo College in the Classic on Friday evening. 

1st Half: 

It was a slow start for the Eagles as the Roadrunners held off Husson's offense throughout the first five minutes of the game until DJ Bussey drained a 3-pointer. Following another three by Bussey and Brett Cunningham, Husson captured the lead for the next ten minutes before a layup by Matt Latka gave the Roadrunners a leg up, 27-26. Ramapo closed off the half on a 15-7 run with a seven-point edge, 40-33. 

2nd Half:

Ramapo continued to extend their lead into the second half, pushing away from the Eagles after Corey Kaiser had closed the gap to a couple buckets off a layup and free throw, 47-44, with 13:35 left to play. The Roadrunners broke away on a 19-4 run over the next eight minutes shutting down the Husson offense, leaving the Eagles with an 18-point deficit to comeback from with less than six minutes remaining. 

Following a pair of threes by Martin who led a comeback in the second half scoring 13 points after only netting two in the first period, the Eagles ran the court with a 22-8 advantage over the course of four minutes to only trail the Roadrunners, 74-70 with 1:13 left in regulation. A layup by Thompson and another 3-pointer from Martin brought the score within a point, 76-75, with only six seconds on the clock, but there wasn't enough time for Husson to get the ball back and even the score as the Eagles dropped, 77-75. 

HUSSON Leaders:

Justin Thompson led the Eagles on the scoreboard with 21 points which ties the most in a game in his career, along with five boards and three assists.

DJ Bussey contributed five 3-pointers combined with shooting 4-5 from the charity stripe for 19 total points.

Justin Martin netted 15 points along with board rebounds.

RAMAPO Leaders:

Leading all scorers and spending the majority of his time behind the free throw line, Kashaun Barnes drained 26 points while shooting 13-14 from the charity stripe. 

Rob Lewis fell just shy of a double-double with his 17 points and nine boards.

Matt Latka also fell short of a double-double with eight rebounds and ten points.


Husson men's basketball gets the next week off before venturing up to UMaine-Presque Isle for a pair of games next weekend. The Eagles open up the weekend with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff on Friday, December 4th.