LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – The Husson men arrived in Vermont Friday night set to avenge an extremely close 70-71 loss to Lyndon State just a few weeks earlier in the season. With a combined effort by Raheem Anderson, Mitch Worcester, and Justin Martin, the Eagles (12-6, 10-2 NAC) swatted down the Hornets (7-11, 6-6 NAC) with 80-74 victory.
In the first half, Worcester helped the Eagles break away from the Hornets, triggering a dominating run as they trailed behind 6-7 in the fifteenth minute, until Worcester drained a 3-pointer. He quickly followed this up with two successful baskets from the charity line, leaving Husson in the lead 11-7. Anderson followed in suit just seconds later as he went 2-2 from the free throw line, assisting the Eagles as they went on an 18-4 run in less than nine minutes.
Unfortunately, Husson's double digit 21-9 lead didn't last long as Lyndon State's, Darnay Gray, hit a layup which began to close the gap. By the twelfth minute of the game the score was nearly tied as the Eagles barely held onto a two point lead, 23-21.
By the end of the first half, the Husson men had reclaimed their double digit comfort zone, to confidently enter into the final twenty minutes of the game with a score of 40-28 over Lyndon State. With exceptional precision from the charity line, Anderson not only led by making 8-of-8 shots, but he also captured the most points in the game so far, at twelve points. Not too far behind were teammates, Martin with eight points and Worcester with seven points. As for the Hornets, Josiah Woodruff led his team with eight points. On the boards, three players tied with five rebounds, Bruce St. Peter and Martin for Husson and Gray for Lyndon State. The Eagles also posted an impressive 23 points from the bench to the Hornets two bench points.
Kicking off the second half, the Hornets quickly stole the ball as Woodruff claimed the first points with a layup. The following five minutes showed a lot of back and forth play until Lyndon State took off on a 13-0 run, diminishing Husson's lead to tie up the game 47-47 with 10:40 left. This close score didn't settle well with the Eagles as Anderson reclaimed the upper hand with a jump shot a minute later. The remainder of the second half was up and down on the court as the two teams kept within five points of each other, until Worcester pushed the Eagles to 69-62 after netting a 3-pointer, jump shot, and a free throw in under thirty seconds, bringing the game to the final three minutes.
With 1:16 left on the clock, Lyndon States's, Charles Correa Jr. stole the ball and finished off the play with a layup, bringing the score to Husson up 73-71. Just seconds later, Worcester answered by draining a 3-pointer commencing the final 7-3 run of the game as the Eagles finalized the win over the Hornets.
The Eagles showed some incredible feats as a team Friday night, as they broke the single game percentage record for free throws for Husson, making 25-of-25. Anderson had a huge contribution to this accomplishment, breaking his own career record from the charity line, shooting a perfect 16-of-16 to add onto his 24 points. Just behind him on the scoreboard, was teammate Worcester tying his season high of 22 points while making 7-of-7 foul shots. Helping out defensively, Martin snatched up eleven rebounds helping him grab a double-double on the night with his twelve points. On the other side of the court, the Hornets also showed some high-scorers with Correa netting 22 points and Gray at twenty points.
The Eagles will be playing back to back games this weekend, as they travel to Johnson State tomorrow, Saturday January 4th, for a 1pm game.