BANGOR, Maine – The Husson University men’s basketball team (4-3, 2-0 NAC) defeated the Northern Vermont University-Johnson Badgers, 85-74, in North Atlantic Conference action on Sunday afternoon.
IN THE ACTION:
In a tight offensive onslaught that saw an astonishing eleven lead changes in the first half, the Eagles and Badgers headed to the locker room tied at 42. Husson held the largest lead of seven points, before Kiyl Mack tied the game with 15:28 left in the first half on a three-pointer for the Badgers’. Brett Cunningham led the offensive charge for the Eagles as he rattled off four shots from downtown to finish the half with 12 points. DJ Bussey chipped in six points, while Scott Lewis contributed six rebounds, including four on defense. The Badgers’ bench stood out in the first half; Ayodeji Shokeye pitched in ten points while Floyd Davis had six rebounds.
The second half saw the Eagles take flight on an 8-0 run, starting with Justin Thompson picking up a defensive rebound and capitalizing on a scoring opportunity inside the paint. Cunningham followed up his impressive first half performance to give the Eagles their largest lead of the game, 56-44, with 10:40 remaining in the contest. Bussey and Justice Kendall came alive in the second, contributing 11 and nine points to the Eagles commanding lead. Davis led the Badgers’ comeback attempt, finishing with ten points and eight rebounds in the second, but it was not enough to overcome the home team.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Bussey and Cunningham scored a team-high 17 points a piece, followed closely behind Kendall who finished with 14 in the victory.
Defensively, the Eagles were led by Lewis, who added four rebounds in the second half to finish the contest with ten, adding two blocks and a steal in the effort.
Bruce St. Peter chipped in seven points, six rebounds and an assist for the Eagles.
The Badgers were led by a Davis double-double in the defeat, finishing with 16 points, 14 rebounds and two steals.
Robert Dubose chipped in 14 points, three rebounds and three steals, while Mack finished the contest with 13 points and three rebounds.
The Eagles continue their four-game homestand on Thursday, December 12th as they host Lasell University for non-conference action. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m.