Men Protect the Nest with Victory over NEC

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

BANGOR, Maine – Husson (11-5) men avenge their early season road loss to New England College (11-7), capturing a 64-50 win. The Eagle's captured their third consecutive win, as they took on the Pilgrims at home on Friday night. It was a special game as the Coaches supported the Coaches vs. Cancer program by wearing sneakers.

The Eagles kicked off the night with a 7-0 run, broken by Ricky Leonard, the Pilgrim's only scorer in the first nine minutes of the game. On the other end of the court, Raheem Anderson provided Leonard with some competition on the scoreboard, dominating the first five minutes scoring twelve of fifteen points for Husson.

All tied up 22-22 fifteen minutes into the game, the Pilgrims captured their first lead as Julio Leon drained a three-pointer with 3:52 remaining in the half. The Eagles didn't take long to recover, answering NEC with an 11-0 run to finish out the first half in the lead 33-27.

At the half, only two players had netted double digits, Anderson with the clear lead in points at sixteen, averaging a point a minute, while Leonard for the Pilgrims captured eleven points. Under the hoop, both Cameryn Williams for Husson and Jason Jones for NEC claimed five rebounds, with Husson tallying 22 rebounds to NEC's fourteen.

A lull commenced with over 14 minutes left in the second half, as the two teams remained scoreless for nearly three a half minutes. The exception was one successful free throw by Leonard for the Pilgrims.

As a team, Husson finished out the game proving impressive composure from the charity line making 83.3% of their shots to NEC's 59.1%. Individually, Anderson continued to dominate from the floor, showing his fourteenth game this season breaking twenty points. He contributed 27 points to the Eagle's win. On the opposing side, Izaiah Winston-Brooks and Leonard each netted eighteen points. Winston-Brooks was a frequent flyer on the charity line Friday night, making 8-of-11. Under the basket, NEC's Jones snagged a whopping twelve rebounds with Husson's Martin right behind him with eleven.

The Husson men will be back at home tomorrow, Saturday January 28th, as they take on Colby-Sawyer at 1pm.