BANGOR, Maine– Following by Husson's example from Brett Cunningham's half court buzzer beater at the end of the first half, the Thomas College (Maine) Terriers (10-12, 7-5 NAC) sent home their own buzzer beater off the hands of Tyler Nixon to break the tie avoiding overtime as they stole an 83-80 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) win over the Eagles (13-10, 9-3 NAC).
Thomas hit the court running, draining a trio of three pointers within the first two minutes of the game. Husson battled back to tie the game 14-14, just three minutes later on their way to an 18-5 run to grab an 18-14 lead. By the 8th minute of the opening frame, Justin Thompson had already netted 15 of Husson's 20 points as they held a slight 20-18 edge. With 10 minutes left in the half, Justin Martin evened the score at 26-26, off a deep shot behind the arc. Cunningham tossed up a last second bucket from beyond half-court to make it a two-point game heading into the half, 40-38.
Both teams evened the score a couple times over the first couple minutes of the second frame, before took off on a 14-2 run for a 55-46 lead with 16:08 left to play. Thompson hadn't lost any momentum after the break as he accumulated 27 points with 14 minutes left in the second half. With less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, the Terriers began making a comeback bringing the score within a bucket, 77-74, after a 3-pointer by Evan Arsenault. Thanks to a trip to the free throw line, Thompson separated the score to 80-74 with 2:27 on the clock. It was a tight game all the way down to the final minute, as the score was tied up 80-80 with 35 seconds left by Zach Mackinnon from 3-point range. After tossing up a couple shots, the Eagles looked to avoid overtime, but Terriers's Nixon grabbed the defensive board took a bounding leap towards his basket and hit the impossible three-quarter court buzzer beater shot to lift Thomas over Husson, 83-80, at the final second.
Justin Thompson led the Eagles on the scoreboard with 29 points for a career-high, while shooting 10-14 from the charity stripe and snagging eight boards.
Justin Martin was the Eagles second highest scorer on the night with 16 points paired with 5 rebounds and three blocks.
Justin Kendall contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Justin Butler led the team with 14 points.
Evan Arsenault and Zach Mackinnon pitched in 13 points apiece off the bench including three buckets from 3-point range.
Demetrius Webster helped out with five assists, four boards, and eight points.
The Eagles will play at UMaine-Farmington tomorrow, Saturday, February 9th at 3:30 p.m. for a conference matchup.