Raheem Anderson Scores 50 to Fuel Men's Basketball Come Back

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

WATERVILLE, ME- The Husson University men's basketball team (18-6, 15-2) defeated Thomas College (12-12, 10-7) 100-96, on Thursday evening in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of the Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.

Husson's Raheem Anderson lead all scorers with 50 points, while adding five assists and five rebounds. The 50 points is the second most in a regular season game in program history and the most since joining the NCAA.

Thomas put together a 7-0 run to open the game and never looked back in the first half. Husson tied the game at eight apiece with a pair of threes from Justin Smith and Raheem Anderson. The Terriers pulled away with forced turnovers that turned into fast break lay-ups for Tyheem Simon and Jordan Derosby. They saw their lead grow to 21-8.

The turning point of the first half was when Thomas College's Carlos Gonzalez was called for his second foul. Zach Curran and Raheem Anderson found immediate success for Husson when Gonzalez took a seat on the bench. Curran scored nine points while Anderson added seven to pull within four to end the first half.

Anderson came out of the break on fire. He singled handedly kept the Eagles even with the Terriers by scoring 13 straight points. The game was tied 50-50 shortly after the start of the second half. Thomas went on a 15-4 run to seemingly take control of the game. With 7:51 left in the game, Husson put together a 6-0 run to get within five.

The two NAC rivals traded blows until there was 00:18 left in regulation. Raheem Anderson nailed a three pointer to tie the score at 80-80. Thomas had the last position but squandered the chance. Overtime was controlled by no other than Anderson. He scored twelve of the 20 Husson points in the extra frame. The Eagles stormed from behind to defeat the Terriers in overtime 100-96.

Mitch Worcester and Zach Curran had huge games off the bench. Worcester tailed 15 points while Itkin chipped in 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Tyheem Simon paced the Terriers with 25 points. Jordan Derosby was close behind with 23 points. Carlos Gonzalez controlled the paint for Thomas with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Ian King grabbed 15 points for the Terriers in a losing effort.
The Husson Eagles wrap up the regular season and host senior night Saturday, February 18th against Maine-Farmington at 1:00 pm.