NEW LONDON, N.H. – December 9, 2016 – Senior Raheem Anderson (Miramar, Fla.) scored a game best 29 points to lift the visiting Eagles of Husson University to an 86-70 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory at Colby-Sawyer on Friday evening.
Anderson was 11-of-23 from the floor and 6-of-12 from beyond the arc to lead Husson with 29. He added six assists, six steals and five rebounds. Junior guard Mitch Worcester (Washburn, Maine) contributed 15 points on 5-of-12 from deep. Senior Eli Itkin (Pawtucket, R.I.) added 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Colby-Sawyer was led by sophomore Jourdain Bell's (Manchester, N.H.) 17 points. Sophomore Milani Hicks (Scarborough, Maine) was 6-of-11 for 15 points. Freshman Dana Bean (Franklin, N.H.) recorded his second double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Freshman Patrick Coffey (Westford, Mass.) added 12 points off the bench.
The Chargers raced out to an 18-8 lead in the first five minutes behind 12 points from Bell. Husson battled back to eventually take a 19-18 lead with 12:29 remaining after an Anderson trey. Minutes later, Anderson knocked down another three to give Husson its largest lead of the half at 40-28. The Chargers pulled within seven with less than two minutes to go after a Hicks three-pointer, but Anderson closed the half with his fourth trey to give Husson a 48-38 lead at the break.
Colby-Sawyer scored the first five points of the second half to cut the deficit to 48-43. Despite below average shooting from Husson, the team was able to regain control and push its advantage to 20 with less than nine minutes to play. The Eagles held on to a double digit lead for the remainder of the half thanks to winning the glass and finishing the game with 21 second chance points.
The Eagles made 31 baskets for the game with 15 of them coming from behind the arc.
Husson improves to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The Eagles will travel to New England College for a 1 p.m. tip tomorrow. Colby-Sawyer drops to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the NAC. The Chargers will host Maine Maritime on Saturday at 1 p.m.