DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Husson University men's basketball team visited the Tripp Athletic Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Friday night to faceoff against the Corsairs in the first day of the Lafrance Hospitality Tournament. The Eagles fell to the Corsairs in their first night of the competition, 89-46.
The visiting Eagles opened the scoring under a minute into the game as Brett Cunningham tossed in a layup off his own offensive rebound. UMass Dartmouth quickly responded, with a three-pointer from Marcus Azor, assisted by Jake Ashworth. The Corsairs held the lead for the entirety of the first half as Husson struggled with turnovers.
The Eagles visited the free throw line frequently in the first half of play, scoring 10 points off of 15 attempts. Husson's bench was hard at work as J Thomas went 6-6 from the charity stripe, pacing the Eagles with nine points and teammate Cunningham hit 4-4.
The Corsairs dominated the Eagles in the second half, holding Husson to a mere three points from the free throw line in the opening 10 minutes of the second stanza before Jared Balser broke the offensive slump with 9:10 on the clock as he drove the hoop for a layup.
Husson scored all 20 points in the second half from the bench as UMass Dartmouth outscored the Eagles, 46-20, to secure the 89-46 victory.
Thomas remained the lead scorer for the Eagles despite putting up all nine of his points before the break. Derek Collin and Cunningham both contributed eight points apiece. Under the hoop, Cunningham and Scott Lewis grabbed six boards each towards the Eagles' 31 defensive rebounds
The Corsairs totaled 47 rebounds as Harry Alexander grabbed 11 while Sean Leahy and Matt Valles each scooped up six. Leading the Corsairs to the win, Ashworth drained 27 points while Adam Seablom put away 15 points.
The Eagles will continue competition on the hard wood at the Tripp Athletic Center on Saturday, November 16th. Husson will take on Bard College in the Lafrance Hospitality Tournament at 12:00 p.m., facing the Raptors for the first time since 1992.