FARMINGTON, Maine - The #3 Husson University men's basketball team's second half comeback bid was not enough to overcome the #2 SUNY Canton Roos (15-11), as they fell 89-81at Dearborn Gymnasium in the North Atlantic Conference semifinal match-up.
IN THE ACTION:
SUNY Canton opened the game on an explosive 18-0 run, led by Danny Santana who chipped in seven points. DJ Bussey got the Eagles on the board with a lay-up midway through the first half as the Green and Gold started to cut into their opponents lead. With 4:58 remaining in the first half, Derek Collin nailed a jumper before Scott Lewis hit back-to-back baskets, including a long-shot from downtown. Lewis crushed a trio of shots from behind the arc to take the Eagles into the locker room trailing the Roos, 47-22.
Lewis picked up right where he left off, swishing back-to-back threes to jumpstart the Eagles offense. Justice Kendall joined in on the three-point action before J Chambers-Phillip gave the Roos a 22 point cushion with a quick drive to the basket. Husson's Brett Cunningham added a score from within the paint to bring the Green and Gold within 19. Justin Thompson came up with a steal in the Eagles' defensive end and took a hard drive to the glass. On the ensuing play, Thompson converted his second steal of the night for two points as the Eagles began to mount a comeback, trailing SUNY Canton 61-45. George Nehma put the Roos ahead by 19 as he sank shot from behind the arc. Bussey countered the Roos' three with one of his own, before Bruce St. Peter added an offensive board that translated into a basket for the Green and Gold who trailed 68-52 with 8:52 remaining in the contest.
J Thomas tallied a three-pointer before Nehman added a lay-up to keep the Roos in the lead. Husson's Kendall scored two from the charity strip before an offensive rebound and shot from underneath the glass from Thompson kept Husson within ten. Lewis scored his career-high eighth from downtown to claw into the Roos' lead, 82-76 with just over a minute to play. Kendall continued his dominance from the free throw line, sinking three shots to cut SUNY Canton's edge to five. Five scores from the charity stripe for the Roos' put Husson behind by ten. A final lay-up from Thompson in the last seconds was not enough to close the gap as the Eagles fell to the Roos, 89-81 in the NAC semifinal match-up.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Lewis recorded a career-high 25 points, including a career-high seven three-pointers, adding five boards and a block.
Nehma paced the Roos as he contributed 22 points off the bench, including six rebounds, and an assist.
Bussey chipped in 17 points for the Eagles, as Kendall finished the night with five assists.
The Green and Gold held the advantage in three point percentage (37.5%-30.0%), while SUNY Canton brought down 47 rebounds compared to Husson's 32.
This concludes the 2019-20 season for the Husson men's basketball team.