Men's Basketball Advances to NAC Semifinals as Caruso Earns His 500th Career Victory

Men's Basketball Advances to NAC Semifinals as Caruso Earns His 500th Career Victory

BANGOR, Maine - After splitting, 1-1, in conference action earlier this season with nearly identical opposing scores, the Eagles (12-14) and Badgers (7-19) battled point-for-point on Saturday afternoon in Newman Gym. In the final five minutes of the game, the Husson men's basketball team pushed ahead to secure the 70-61 North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinal win. With the victory, Husson head men's basketball coach Warren Caruso achieved his 500th career victory.


Tying the game nine times in just the first half, NVU-Johnson broke ahead with the largest lead of the game after two consecutive jumpers from Kiyl Mack and Floyd Davis to jump ahead by five (16-11) midway through the opening frame. 

Three consecutive visits to the charity stripe for Husson's Justin Thompson and Scott Lewis brought the game back to a 16-16 stalemate. The Eagles continued to drive the hoop, cruising on a 7-0 run with four minutes left in the half to grab their own five-point edge (27-22). The lead was short-lived as a three from Badgers' Javon Daniels helped push NVU-Johnson to a 29-27 advantage. The Badgers held onto their two-point lead into the break, up 33-31. 

Without missing a beat, Husson evened the score for the tenth time less than a minute into the second half after Bruce St. Peter drained a pair of free throws. A 9-3 run for NVU-Johnson over the next five minutes helped the Badgers gain the largest lead of the game (42-36) with 15:08 on the clock. Four points from Justin Thompson helped return the score back to a tie game (42-42) within 90 seconds of play. 

Over the next ten minutes, Hussson began to gradually pull out ahead, outscoring NVU-Johnson 17-6 for a more comfortable 11-point edge with 4:45 remaining in regulation. The Badgers cut the deficit down to six following a bucket from Mack, but the Eagles stood strong on defense and held onto their lead through the final minutes of the evening to capture the 70-61 NAC Quarterfinal victory. 


  • Coming off the bench to score 15 points apiece for the Eagles, Justin Thompson and DJ Bussey led the charge on offensive gathering nearly half of Husson's points. 

  • Robert Dubose paced the Badgers with his game-high of 19 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the charity stripe. 

  • Justice Kendall hit a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line for Husson to add on to his 13 points while Scott Lewis nearly grabbed a double-double between ten points and nine boards.

  • For the Badgers, Kiyl Mack pitched in 12 points, five rebounds, and three steals.

  • Husson shot an impressive 85.7% (24-28) from the charity stripe to NVU-Johnson's 58.3% (7-12). 


The Badgers concluded their season with an overall record of 7-19 while the Husson Eagles will continue on to NAC Semifinals on Friday, February 28th. Husson men's basketball will travel to the University of Maine-Farmington to take on SUNY Canton at 7:30 p.m.