|Castleton University||Husson University|
BANGOR, MAINE – The Husson University men’s basketball team (14-4, 10-1 NAC) defeated Castleton University (9-9, 6-5 NAC), 90-69, in a conference matchup on Friday evening in Newman Gymnasium.
After trailing 6-0 in the first minutes of the game, Husson took their first lead of the game (12-10) in the 7th minute with a jump shot by freshman guard DJ Bussey. The Eagles pushed forward to take a 13 point lead, 25-22, with five minutes to go in the first half of the game. Castleton’s offense struggled to push forward while Husson continued to put up a strong defense.
Following a missed jump shot, freshman guard Cole Thomas grabbed an offensive rebound and layup to beat the buzzer. Husson held a 10-point advantage going into the locker room. Thomas tallied 16 points in the first half of the game.
In under five minutes, the Eagles ran a strong offense, going on a 16-0 run, to quickly bring the game to 19-points. With 13:47 remaining on the clock, Husson led 61-35. Just a minute later, two back-to-back, three point shots by senior guard Raheem Anderson brought the game to a 32 point lead.
Castleton tightened the Husson lead to 23 points with 7:36 remaining in the game. Both teams continued to swap baskets for the remainder of the game while the Eagles soared to a 90-69 win over the Spartans.
Husson’s largest lead of the game was 34 points with 12:05 remaining in the second half of the game.
LEADERS – HUSSON:
Senior guard Raheem Anderson tallied a game high of 18 points, two rebounds, three steals and went 100% from the three-point line.
Freshman guard Cole Thomas recorded 16 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Sophomore forward Babafemi Onigbanjo contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and one steal.
LEADERS – CASTLETON:
Senior guard Tondi Mushandu recorded 11 points, eight rebounds and shot 3-4 from the charity strip.
Sophomore forward Josh Hanson tallied 10 points, four rebounds and one block.
Freshman guard Denis LeCours contributed nine points and one rebound.
Husson held the advantage in rebounds (50-37), assists (17-11) and points off turnoers (19-15). Castleton edged the Eagles in bench points (37-33) and free throw % (69.6%, 52.9%).
Husson will host Green Mountain College on Saturday Jan. 27 in a 3:00 p.m. conference matchup.