DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Husson University men's basketball team (4-7) couldn't keep up with Carroll University at Wisconsin (10-2) as they fell to the Pioneers, 83-59, in the final game of the Daytona Beach Shootout on Sunday night.
IN THE ACTION:
Despite trailing in the first few minutes, Husson remained within a couple buckets of their opponent, closing in on them with 14:51 on the clock as DJ Bussey hit a three-pointer to bring the score within one point, 12-11. The Pioneers began putting some distance between themselves and the Eagles, growing their lead to 10 (26-16) over the course of the next ten minutes, before finishing off a 36-23 advantage heading into the final 1:27 of the opening frame.
Neither team was able to follow through offensively over the next two minutes heading into the second half until Husson's Bruce St. Peter came down with a rebound and sent the ball right back up to bring the score to 36-25. Carroll replied with a vengeance, breaking off on a 32-5 run to open up the first ten minutes of the second half. Husson failed to give up as they put in one final push to finish out the contest on a 12-2 run as Jon Massaad hit his second buzzer-beater of the season as the Pioneers won, 83-59.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Corey Kaiser led the Eagles off the bench with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and snagging three steals.
The Eagles hit net consistently from the free throw line as they shot 23-27 (85.2%) while the Pioneers shot 17-28 (60.7%).
Nick Penny recorded a game-high 18 points for the Pioneers including 12 second-half points in eight minutes played.
The Pioneers converted 22 points off of Eagle turnovers while Husson only rattled off nine points from 12 Carroll turnovers.
Bussey contributed ten first-half points for the Eagles while Massaad entered the action in the second half, grabbing five boards in eight minutes of play.
The Eagles get 19 days off before their next contest when they return to North Atlantic Conference action for a back-to-back with their NAC Battle of the Bird rival, the UMaine-Presque Isle Owls. The series will start on Friday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m. with the second game on the next day at 3:00 p.m.