WATERVILLE, Maine – After trailing in the first half, the Husson men's basketball team (11-7, 7-1 NAC) made a comeback to triumph over Thomas College (Maine) (8-11, 5-4 NAC) on Friday evening, 69-65, in North Atlantic Conference play.
Remaining just a bucket or two behind the Terriers, the Eagles kept up the pace scoring nearly neck-and-neck throughout the opening ten minutes of the half as Husson stayed within four points of Thomas. With 9:54 on the clock, the Terriers saw their largest lead of the half so far with a 3-pointer sunk by Zach Mackinnon to bring the score to 13-7. Continuing off a 12-2 run, the Terriers extended their lead to 19-10 with just about six minutes left in the half, with four points from Loveguerson Fleurine. Husson responded scoring 11 points over the next few minutes to bring the Eagles back within three points, 24-21, after Justin Martin drove to the hoop for a layup then drained a pair of free throws.
Thomas remained on top going into the second half, capitalizing on eleven points off of turnovers to hold a 31-23 advantage.
The Terriers jumped into the second half with a game-high lead of ten points after a Mackinnon layup in the opening seconds, but within four minutes it was a tie game. Husson held Thomas scoreless over the next six minutes to not only even the score, but with a Justice Kendall 3-pointer followed by a bucket from the paint, the Eagles captured a 35-33 lead.
Thomas leveled the score twice over the next 90 seconds, but couldn't quite match the newfound offensive intensity the Eagles had pulled out as they cruised to a double-digits advantage with less than two minutes left to play. Despite five consecutive points by the Terriers in the final 13 seconds, Husson remained on top to the final buzzer for a 69-65 victory.
Martin picked up his eighth double-double of his senior season with an explosive 26 points and 12 boards.
Justin Thompson nearly grabbed a double-double with nine rebounds and 18 points.
Kendall helped out dishing eight assists, nine points, and five rebounds.
Mackinnon led his team on the scoreboard with 20 points and eight boards.
Jordan Goodson chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds.
Fleurine led his team under the hoop with 11 boards plus nine points, just shy of a double-double.
Husson men's basketball will turn around and head home for a NAC matchup against the University of Maine at Farmington on their home court tomorrow, Saturday, January 26th at 3:30 p.m. Both teams are battling for the top spot in the conference as they each go into the game with a 7-1 NAC record.