DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Husson University men's basketball team returned to the Tripp Athletic Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon to faceoff against the Bard College Raptors in the second day of the Lafrance Hospitality Tournament. The Eagles overpowered the Raptors, 80-68, in their first match-up since 1992 to help take third place in the four-team tournament.
After Husson's Brett Cunningham tied the game at 3-3, draining his first three attempt of the afternoon, Bard took back the lead and ran with it as they broke away on an 11-2 run. Husson trailed just a few points behind for most of the first half before claiming a 25-24 edge following four points from J Thomas and a Corey Kaiser layup with 6:32 on the clock. At the half, Husson held a 38-32 advantage after shooting 5-6 from the free throw line without giving Bard a single opportunity to shoot for extra points. The Eagles possessed the ball well, giving up just two turnovers on the half to the Raptors' ten while both teams saw equal opportunity under the basket, grabbing 22 rebounds apiece.
The Eagles maintained their lead throughout the second half, led by Justice Kendall's 12 points, as they defeated the Raptors, 80-68.
Husson's bench scored a whopping 32 points during the contest while Bard's bench only scored five. The Eagles were able to convert 23 points off turnovers while maintaining their steady lead in the second half.
Cunningham was named to the All-Tournament Team after leaving Massachusetts just shy of a double-double. As the lead scorer for the Eagles, the sophomore put up 13 points and grabbed nine boards while three other Eagles netted double digits. Overall, Husson shot 41.2% from the field to Bard's 38.1%.
The Raptors totaled 40 rebounds as Avo Sofroniou grabbed 13 while Stefanos Psarras and Stamatis Koulouris scooped up six. Elliot Harris, who joined Cunningham on the All-Tournament Team, netted a game-high 24 points, including six three-pointers. Stefanos Psarras added 14 points and seven caroms for the Raptors, who collected a game-high 13 boards from sophomore Avgoustinos Sofroniou.
The Eagles will continue their month on the road as they travel to Lewiston, Maine for a contest against the Bates College Bobcats at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20th.