BANGOR, Maine – The 2017 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Player of the Year, Raheem Anderson, scored an impressive 33 points helping Husson cruise to a 98-84 victory over Lyndon State in a NAC Championship semifinal match-up on Friday afternoon, advancing the Eagles to their fifth straight NAC Championship Final.
The two teams met twice earlier this season, splitting the games 1-1, with the Eagles (20-6, 17-2 NAC) barely losing 70-71 to the Hornets (12-14, 10-9 NAC) in the first matchup at home, followed by an 80-74 win on the road.
Anderson and Alonzo McCain help the Eagles take a 10-7 lead over the Hornets eight minutes into the first half, with each scoring five points each. The Eagles would steadily increase their lead as the half went on. In the final three minutes of the first half, Anderson scored the Eagles final 12 points as Husson closed out the half on a 12-3 run. Husson headed into the locker room with a 50-30 lead.
Eric Vargas led the Hornets in points with eight, followed closely by Raymond Monroe with seven, while Darnay Gray added four rebounds along with his four points.
Anderson commanded the scoreboard leading all scorers in the half with 20 points and four assists. Mitch Worcester contributed nine points while Zach Curran and McCain each had eight points apiece. Justin Martin helped out the Eagles defensively, snagging seven boards and three blocks.
The beginning of the second half featured consistent back-and-forth play between the two teams with Lyndon State outscoring Husson 54-48. Despite their effort to make a comeback, the Hornets couldn't quite catch up with the Eagles, falling 98-84.
Three players for Lyndon State finished double digits with Monroe netting 20 points including four 3-pointers, Vargas had 13 points and seven assists, and Charles Correa Jr. finished with 11 points. Teammates, Jose Berroa and Gray snatched up five rebounds each.
Over on the other end of the court, Anderson dominated the scoreboard for Husson with 33 points and dished out six assists, while teammate, Worcester, netted 22 points. Other big contributors were McCain who scored 12 points and Curran with ten, while Martin came up big with 12 rebounds and Eli Itkin grabbed another eight rebounds.
The Eagles will continue on to the championship final tomorrow, February 24th, taking on Thomas College at 2pm in Newman Gymnasium looking to capture the program's sixth NAC Championship.