Lewis Breaks Tie from Free Throw Line in Final Seconds for 99-98 Win Over Hornets

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

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. 

UP NEXT!

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.