BANGOR, Maine - Powerful shooting from downtown helped propel the Husson men's basketball team (8-12) to an 84-76 win over the Bowdoin Polar Bears (7-13) in non-conference action on Tuesday night at Newman Gymnasium.
IN THE ACTION:
Justice Kendall opened the scoring with a signature layup for the home team before the Eagles and Polar Bears embarked on a back-and-forth saga that saw neither team hold a lead higher than two-possessions. Kendall continued his offensive pursuit as he rattled off six consecutive points, before J Thomas drained a shot from downtown to extend the Eagles' lead to seven (18-11) with 8:23 left in the first half. Jared Balser hit a shot from the paint, sending the home team on a 7-2 run, to give the green and gold a 25-13 lead with 6:38 remaining in the first half. The Eagles would hold their largest advantage of the night (36-20) when Kendall made a spectacular steal on the defensive end and found Justin Thompson on the drive to sink the jumper. The Polar Bears would cut the lead down to five behind a 2-2 effort from Jack Shea at the charity stripe, before a layup from Kendall with three seconds remaining in the frame would give the Eagles a 40-33 lead heading into the locker room.
The second half started just as the first half did as a second back-and-forth battle ensued. Bowdoin would take just their second lead of the contest with just under six minutes gone in the second half as Sam Grad swished a shot from behind the arc. The Eagles answered as a jumper from Thompson would allow them to regain the lead. Three more lead changes would take place, with the final lead change belonging to Bowdoin as they would claim their largest lead of the night, 58-53. The green and gold battled back with a 12-2 run, highlighted by a Thomas three from the parking lot and five free throws to take control of the game, 65-60, with 6:22 remaining. Bowdoin's offense responded as they gained their final advantage of the contest behind a Morgan Edwards jumper. Bruce St. Peter contributed to the Eagles final claim of the lead as he was able to convert a pass from Thompson under the basket. With three minutes remaining, the Eagles would continue to extend their 71-70 lead, before Kendall sealed the victory for the home team with a stellar three as the Eagles defeated the Polar Bears, 84-76.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Playing just three minutes off the bench at the end of the game, DJ Bussey hit 6-of-7 crucial free throws to help put the game out of reach.
The Eagles dominated in the paint, scoring 18 points to the Polar Bears' two.
David Reynolds and Grad each led the Polar Bears with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting.
Thanks to nine points from Thomas and seven from Scott Lewis, the Eagles outscored the Polar Bear bench, 31-17.
Kendall was the leading scorer on the night, netting 23 points with a pair of assists and steals.
The Green and Gold return to North Atlantic Conference action this weekend as they head to Vermont for a pair of games starting on Friday, February 7th when they take on the Hornets of Northern Vermont University-Lyndon at 7:30 p.m.