BANGOR, Maine – Despite a fifteen point deficit in the first half, the Husson University men's basketball team (10-14, 7-6 NAC) battled back to defeat the Thomas College Terriers (14-10, 8-5 NAC) by a score of 82-74 on Saturday night. The Eagles honored Bryan Jefferson's #00 jersey prior to the North Atlantic Conference showdown.
IN THE ACTION:
Jumping out to an early 22-9 lead midway through the first half, the Terriers were led by nine consecutive points from Zach Butler. Demetris Webster sank two shots from the charity stripe to give the visitors a fifteen-point cushion, before DJ Bussey started the Eagles' comeback run. Bussey took a defensive rebound coast to coast with 7:24 to go in the frame before crushing a three-pointer to bring the Eagles within six. Justin Butler's lay-up pushed the Terriers back ahead by 11 before Brett Cunningham sent the Eagles on a 14-6 run to close out the half with a shot from inside the as the green and gold headed into the locker room trailing the visitors 35-32.
The home team opened the second half as Bruce St. Peter sank a shot from the field to cut the Terriers lead to one. Scott Lewis pushed the Eagles ahead for their first lead of the match as he drained a jump-shot just 52 seconds into the half. Lovegeurson Fleurine looked to put Thomas in front again but was met in the air by St. Peter with a monster block to preserve the lead. Extending their cushion to five, Justice Kendall swished a shot from downtown to give the Eagles their largest lead of the night. A three-point shot from Butler put the visitors back in the lead, but Bussey was quick to tie the game at 52 all with a jump-shot just inside the arc. Zach Mackinnon pushed the Terriers ahead by six with 8:23 remaining, but the Eagles would claw back within two with 6:17 remaining. Bussey crushed back-to-back three's to give the Eagles a four point advantage. With 2:26 to go in the frame, Kendall hit a defining three, lifting the home team ahead by eight as Bussey sealed the victory for the green and gold with a clutch three-pointer with 38.7 seconds remaining in the contest.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Bussey scored a game-high 23 points off the bench for the Eagles, including 5-6 from downtown.
- Kendall added 19 points, while dishing four assists and grabbing three boards.
- Mackinnon had a team-high 21 points for the Terriers, while Jacob Godfrey contributed seven rebounds and dished out two assists.
- Husson held a narrow advantage in rebounds, grabbing 37 compared to Thomas' 35, while scoring 40 points of the bench in comparison to the Terriers 16 points.
The Husson men's basketball team will look to close out North Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday night as they host Maine Maritime Academy for senior night. Tip-off is slated for 7:00pm.