Eagles Drop a Close 3rd Annual Alumni Cup to the Monks, 90-83

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

STANDISH, Maine - The Husson University men's basketball team (2-3) traveled to the Harold Alfond Center to compete in the 3rd Annual Alumni Cup against Saint Joseph's College (Maine) (1-2) on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles fell to the Monks in a close matchup, 90-83, despite five Eagles recording double digits in the setback.

Making a quick recovery after falling behind early, the Eagles jumped back on an 8-2 run over three minutes to tie the game at 12-12 with 13:47 on the clock following a pair of made free throws by Isiah Hart. Husson continued to trail behind before Scott Lewis sparked a brief 6-0 run to bring within a couple buckets, 39-35, just minutes before intermission. The Eagles trimmed the Monks' lead to just two points, 48-46, at the end of the first half on a jumper in the final second from Justice Kendall. Leading scorers at the half, included Justin Thompson with 11 points for the Eagles and Jack Casale with 16 points for the Monks. 

Bruce St. Peter tied the game in the opening minute of the second half, marking the second time of the afternoon that Husson caught up with Saint Joseph's, 48-48. The visitors fell behind once again thanks to four points from David Keohan, until Husson netted seven unanswered points with DJ Bussey capping the surge with a layup to put his team in the lead, 57-56, with 12:57 left to play.

With the score tied at 59-59 nearly two minutes later, St. Joe's gained some separation with seven straight points that ended with a Foley trifecta and the hosts holding a game-high 17-point (82-65) cushion with 6:13 remaining.

Husson was able to cut the SJC lead down to five points (88-83) when St. Peter made a pair of freebies to close out a 10-0 run with 24 seconds left, but Casale iced the game with two free throws of his own four seconds later to account for the 90-83 triumph.

CAPTURE THE CUP:

With the victory, Saint Joseph's claims the Alumni Cup for the second-consecutive season and second time in the three years in which the coveted trophy has been in existence. The Monks tipped the Eagles, 78-74, in Bangor last winter and suffered an 82-75 setback to their in-state rival in the first Cup matchup on November 18th, 2017.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

·       Justin Thompson came off the bench to lead the Eagles with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals.

·       Brett Cunningham netted 16 points with six caroms.

·       Scott Lewis was 6-for-9 from the floor with 14 points and three boards in 16 minutes off the bench.

·       Casale shot 12-for-19 from the floor with a career-high 19 rebounds for the Monks.

·       Foley finished the game with 19 points off a 5-for-6 three-point effort; the sophomore also tallied six assists and five rebounds.

·       Nicholas Curtis contributed 19 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

UP NEXT!

The Eagles take on the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Hornets in the 9th Annual Husson Sports Hall of Fame Game for their season opener on Saturday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m.