BANGOR, Maine - The Eagles' (4-5) second half comeback was halted by the New England College Pilgrims (6-4) in non-conference action as the Husson men were defeated, 92-80, on Saturday afternoon at Newman Gymnasium.
IN THE ACTION:
An explosive final rally brought the Eagles within a ten-point deficit after trailing by 20 midway through the second half, but the battle back was evenly matched by the Pilgrims' consist shooting as both teams netted 55 points in the second frame. Husson dove into the exciting second half led by a near full court shot at the buzzer by Corey Kaiser which was released just shy of counting to leave the Eagles with a mere 25 points heading into the break, as they trailed the Pilgrims by eight points.
Hitting shot-for-shot with the Pilgrims, the Eagles remained within reach until eleven minutes remained in the game and NEC found a 9-0 rhythm thanks to five points from Michael Tavilla, to extend their lead to 20 points, 59-39. Over the next two minutes, a frequent flyer to the charity stripe, Brett Cunningham netted five consecutive free throws for Husson to put a small dent in the setback and bring the score to 64-46. Just seconds later, the Eagles recovered the ball on a huge block by Scott Lewis who followed up with a made layup to spark a 15-4 run over the next three minutes leaving the score at just a nine-point separation, 69-60. Husson continued to fight to stay within ten points with J Thomas leading the charge, netting back-to-back threes and feeding the ball into the paint to his teammates. Despite a roaring crowd of Husson supporters and a fired up bench, the Eagles came up short to the Pilgrims, 92-80.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Cunningham led the Eagles on the afternoon with 21 points including 12 points in the second half. He left his mark in the scorebook from the free throw line as he went 10-13 while chipping in seven rebounds.
The Pilgrims were able to capitalize off the Eagles' 16 turnovers as the turned around to score 23 points while Husson was able to score seven points off of eight NEC turnovers.
Izaiah Winston-Brooks led the way for NEC as he scored a team-high 21 points in 24 minutes while Jamal Allen followed him up with 19 points and Tavilla added on 16 points.
The Eagles doubled the Pilgrims' points scored inside the paint, 28-14.
Justin Thompson provided 16 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in the effort.
The Eagles will hit the books for finals week before being rewarded with a holiday trip to Florida to close out 2019 with two neutral site games versus two Wisconsin schools as they head to Daytona Beach to compete in the Daytona Beach Shootout. The Eagles will first face Lawrence University on Saturday, December 21st for an 8:00 p.m. tip-off before taking on Carroll University the next night at 6:00 p.m.