BANGOR, Maine - The Husson University men's basketball team (10-3, 7-1 NAC) fell to the New England College Pilgrims (10-4, 6-1 NAC), 84-82, for their first conference loss on Saturday afternoon in Newman Gymnasium on the Husson University campus.
Husson jumped out to a 11-3 lead in the first few minutes of the ball game, but New England College rallied to tie the game 11-11. After a couple quick baskets swapped back and forth between both teams, the Pilgrims went on a 16-0 run to surge ahead 41-23. The 18 point deficit did not sit well with the Eagles as freshmen guard Dj Bussey scored 3 three-pointers on three consecutive trips down the court. Despite Bussey and Raheem Anderson scoring 25 of the 39 Eagle points, Husson trailed 49-39 going into the locker.
With five quick points by freshmen guard Jarrod Chase early in the second half, Husson trailed 61-54 but the Pilgrims picked away to maintain a 70-61 lead with 8:36 remaining in the game. Trailing 75-67, Bussey nailed a three-pointer, conducted a steal and added another three-pointer to bring the game within five points.
Freshman Justin Thompson added three points from the charity strip narrowing New England College's lead to only 79-76. Over the next 1:50 minutes, Husson brought the game to one-point, three different times, but could not fight back from the 18-point deficit earlier in the game. The Pilgrims handed Husson their first conference loss, 84-82.
LEADERS - Husson
Freshman Bussey registered a game-high 21 points while adding three assists, shooting 8-12 on the FG line, and 5-8 on the 3-point line.
Senior Anderson contributed 18 points, five assists, seven rebounds and shot 8-8 on the free throw line.
Junior forward Justin Martin achieved a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Also shooting 5-7 on the FG line, 2-2 on the charity strip, and 2-3 on the 3-point line.
LEADERS - New England College
Junior forward Jason Jones contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double while also shooting 4-6 on the free throw line.
Sophomore guard Izaiah Winston-Brooks tallied 15 points, two rebounds and four steals.
Freshmen guard Calvin Cheek chipped in eight points, five steals, three assists and one rebound.
Freshman forward Trevor Parker chipped in 14 points.
Husson led in rebounds (39-34), assists (17-10) and second-chance points (18-8) while New England College had a 16-9 advantage in steals.
Husson will host Bowdoin College on Tuesday Jan. 16 for a 7:00 p.m. non-conference match-up.