HENNIKER, N.H. - The Men's Basketball team fell to 5-2 on the season after a 87-76 defeat on the road to New England College (NEC).
Husson's Raheem Anderson led all scorers with 31 points, and Eli Itkin added 18 points for the Eagles, but it wasn't enough for the victory in a tightly contested conference match-up. The Pilgrims improved to 7-2 on the season behind a strong team performance, as well as fine individual performances from Izaiah Winston-Brooks, who led the Pilgrims with 24 points, and Jason Jones, who led all players with 18 rebounds.
The Eagles were chasing the game early after the Pilgrims jumped out to a 11-2 lead in the 1st half. Justin Smith and Alonzo McCain pulled Husson back into the game after back-to-back three-pointers. The two teams went back and forth after that, with Anderson adding seven points in three minutes. Husson drew level with NEC at 26-26 after McCain and Itkin buried three-pointers in quick succession, before NEC's Alonzo Cooper responded with five unanswered points. McCain brought the Eagles to within one point of the Pilgrims after creating space for himself for a deep three-pointer, but NEC managed to see out the first half on top, 40-37.
The game could have gone either way at the half, but Husson started the second half slowly as NEC jumped out to a 12-point lead after six minutes of play. The Eagles weren't able to find a way back into the game after that, though they threatened late on, pulling to within eight points of the Pilgrims in the final minute of the game. The Eagles gave away too many fouls throughout the game, however, and the Pilgrims rode to victory behind their free throw shooting, going 28-39 from the line.
Despite the loss, the Eagles ended a tough road trip with two wins out of three in the space of five days and go into the holiday break with a strong 5-2 record on the season.
The Eagles are back on the road after the break, but will look to rebound against Chapman, on Friday, December 30.