BANGOR, Maine – The Husson University men's basketball team claimed the lead midway through the first half and never looked back, as the Eagles improved their overall record to 13-4 (9-1 NAC) with an 83-75 win over Colby College on Tuesday evening at the Newman Gymnasium.
After trailing the Mules (10-7, 1-3 NESCAC) in the first eight minutes, Raheem Anderson helped the Eagles capture their first lead of the game (15-14) with 11:27 on the clock, when he drained a basket from the free throw line following a drive to the hoop for a layup. Husson continued on this momentum scoring a total of nine unanswered points over the next minute to cushion their lead to 24-14. At the buzzer signifying the end of the first half, Anderson threw up a deep shot, successfully netting his fourth 3-pointer of the night. With this basket, the senior drained his 261st 3-pointer in his career, advancing him to second all-time in Husson program history.
The Eagles maintained at least a six-point separation on the scoreboard opening up the first eight minutes of the second half. A determined Husson defense held the Mules at bay throughout the remainder of the second half. Despite pulling out a 3-point jumper by Wallace Tucker in the final two minutes to cut the deficit to 77-73, Colby struggled to catch up as the Eagles sank six free throws. Mitch Worcester connected on 4-4 from the charity stripe in the final 24 seconds of the match to clinch the 83-75 victory.
- Senior guard Raheem Anderson was two points shy of notching a season-high for points in a single game as he led all-scorers with 33 points, grabbed four steals, and shot 5-7 from behind the 3-point line.
- Junior forward Justin Martin topped 600 career rebounds in the first half of the game, accumulating a total of 606 with his eight boards on the night while also jumping up for three blocks.
- Senior guard Worcester shot 8-8 from the charity stripe, tying his career-high in a single contest. He also picked up eight boards and four steals.
- Freshman guard Justin Thompson hit double digits, netting 14 points, six rebounds, and shot 4-4 from the free throw line.
- Freshman guard Tucker led his team his team in points shooting 7-9 from the charity stripe plus a trio of 3-pointers totaling 24 points.
- Sophomore forward Sean Gilmore hit 6-6 field goals contributing 15 points and three boards.
- Off the bench, junior forward Steven Daley grabbed eight rebounds and netted 10 points.
Husson held the advantage in points scored off of turnovers (15-9) and out-shot the Mules from the free throw line (26-16) while Colby picked up more scoring opportunities by grabbing rebounds (33-29).
The Eagles will be welcoming Castleton to the Newman Gymnasium on Friday, January 26 for a 7:30 p.m. conference match-up.