LEWISTON, Maine - The Husson University men's basketball (2-2) couldn't complete the comeback as they fell to the Bates College Bobcats (1-0) after bringing the score within ten points in the final minutes. The Eagles fell to the Bobcats, 84-70, on Wednesday eveing at Alumni Gymnasium.
Bates opened the game with a 7-0 run before the Eagles could make a name for themselves on the scoreboard. Husson's Derek Collin banked a jump shot to kickstart a scoring trend, but Bates still led the entire half. The Eagles were outscored, 43-26 in the first half, and outrebounded, 25-15. Scott Lewis paced the Eagles in the first 20 minutes with six points.
The Eagles redeemed themselves in the second stanza, outscoring the Bobcats, 44-41, but it wasn't quite enough momentum to surmount a comeback.Trailing 74-57 with 4:36 to go, Husson made an 8-0 run to close the gap to 74-65, as Derek Collin made a 3-pointer followed by a jumper and a three from Justice Kendall. But on the Eagles' next trip down, Spellman snatched a steal and converted a three-point play to return a 12-point cushion to the hosts. Spellman iced the game with a pair of free throws with 1:35 left, followed by a 3-pointer with 53 seconds remaining, which brought the score to 82-67.
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Collin led the Eagles on the night with 18 points and eight rebounds as he scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the second half.
Bates did most of their scoring from the three-point arc as they went 44.3% (13-of-29) from downtown while the Eagles were limited to 20.0% (5-of-25).
Spellman went 5-10 in the effort towards the game-high 28 points while teammate, Nick Gilpin followed with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 4-of-5 from behind the arc, adding eight rebounds, three assists and two steals
The Eagles close out their month-long road trip at the Harold Alfond Center in Standish, Maine on Saturday, November 23rd as they take on the Monks of Saint Joseph's College (Maine) in the 3rd Annual Alumni Cup at 3:00 p.m.