LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – After trailing by one with six seconds left in regulation, Scott Lewis sunk a pair of free throws to push the Husson University men's basketball team (9-13, 6-5 NAC) into winning position as they finished out the clock for a 99-98 victory over the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Hornets (5-17, 2-9 NAC) on Sunday afternoon.
INSIDE THE ACTION:
Neck-and-neck throughout the entire match, the Eagles and Hornets swapped the lead 32 times for an exhilarating fan experience with 26 moments that both teams were tied. With 7:10 left to play in the first half, the host held the largest lead of six points, 28-22. A pair of threes from DJ Bussey and Scott Lewis helped push ahead the Eagles back into a 29-28 advantage. By the end of the first half, Husson barely held a two-point edge, 46-44.
Husson held onto their lead over the course of the next four minutes before a Damon Denteh three once again tied up the afternoon, 55-55. The score struck even four more times in the next two minutes until three consecutive jumpers from Justice Kendall put Husson ahead, 71-63, with 11:31 on the clock. A 5-0 run for the Hornets brought them back within a few buckets, but the Eagles clutched tightly to a close lead up to the final 1:32 left to play when a free throw from Denteh set the score even again, 95-95.
Back-and-forth trips to the charity stripe finished out the night as Kendall drained a pair (97-95) then Damon added one for the Hornets (97-96). A Zach Falkenburg layup grabbed the 98-97 advantage with 22 seconds remaining, but Lewis pulled through for the Eagles with 100% accuracy from the free throw line to help secure the 99-98 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Scott Lewis hit a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to contribute to his 20 points for the Eagles. Justice Kendall also pitched in 20 points and five assists to the win.
- Justin Thompson grabbed his third double-double of the season between the combination of a team-high 26 points and 12 rebounds.
- Husson put in 37 points off the bench while NVU-Lyndon drained 22.
- Ahead of all other scorers on the scoreboard, Zach Falkenburg went 9-for-12 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free throw line to tally 30 total points on the afternoon.
The Husson men will close out their final regular season road game at the University of Maine-Farmington on Friday, February 14th at 7:30 p.m.